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September 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| October 7, 2021

September 2021 PPM Data – Information for the September 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 September 2021 sweep covered August 19 – September 15.

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

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

All comparisons noted are August 2021 – September 2021 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 5.2 – 5.8, +.6, anchored at #4

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 2.5 – 3.2, +.7, #18 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KFXX “1080 The Fan” 1.4 – 1.6, +.2, #22 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB flat at 8.1, #1 and KOPB’s internet stream 1.0 – 1.7, +.7, #23 to #19

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KOPB, ninth month in a row, unchanged at 8.1

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: classic rock KFBW (+1.0)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: CHR KKRZ (-.9)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) 4.0 – 4.7, +.7, tenth to eighth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFNZ “Sports Radio The Fan”.8 – .9, +.1, stays at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation-owned WFAE 3.6 – 3.4, -.2, #11 to #13

South Carolina Educational Television Commission’s WNSC flat at .5, continues at #20

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX, first month, 6.0 – 6.7, +.7

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: alternative WEND (+.8)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WPEG (-.8)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” 5.2 – 5.0, -.2, fifth to seventh

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 1.5 – 2.1, +.6, #19 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 3.7 – 3.6, -.1, repeats at #11

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG, second month in a row, 7.7 – 7.0, -.7

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KROM (+1.3)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (-1.0)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 8.7 – 9.8, +1.1, #1 and cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” 3.6 – 3.4, -.2, #10 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ 5.4 – 6.1, +.7, seventh to fourth

Number One 6+: news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM, third straight month, 8.7 – 9.8, +1.1

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM (+1.1)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: country KNCI (-1.8)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 5.4 – 4.7, -.7, fifth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 8.2 – 8.8, +.6, third to second

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 3.1 – 3.8, +.7, repeats at #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WDVE, fourth consecutive month, 9.6 – 10.4, +.8

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase:  adult hits WRRK (+1.6)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: news/talk KDKA-AM (-.7)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio” 6.8 – 8.2, +1.4, third to first

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 5.0 – 6.3, +1.3, seventh to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 5.0 – 4.7, -.3, repeats at #7

Number One 6+: news/talk KSL, first month, 6.8 – 8.2, +1.4

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: news/talk KSL (+1.4)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KRSP (-1.9)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KXNT “News Talk 840” 1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #20 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE, first month, 6.0 – 7.5, +1.5

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase (Tie): adult contemporary KSNE and country KWNR (+1.5)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: rock KOMP (-.9)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 5.9 – 6.1, +.2, locked at #7

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 2.2 – 2.5, +.3, #16 to #15

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.9 – 1.5, -.4, #17 to #19

Spanish News/Talk: Star Over Orlando’s WRSO “Acción 97.9” 1.4 – .9, -.5, repeats at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” flat at 1.7, #19 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE 3.2 – 2.7, -.5, #11 to #13

Number One 6+ (Tie): Audacy classic hits-oldies WOCL, ninth successive month, 7.5 – 7.6, +.1 and iHeartMedia CHR WXXL, first month, 6.9 – 7.6, +.7

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: rock WJRR (+.8)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: Spanish contemporary WOEX (-.9)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds) 14.1 – 14.5, +.4, #1 and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.7 – 4.5, -.2, fifth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” (Bengals) .8 – 1.3, +.5, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU 4.1 – 3.8, -.3, #9 to #11

Number One 6+: news/talk WLW sixth successive month, 14.1 – 14.5, +.4

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: rock WEBN (+1.0)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WGRR (-1.5)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Indians) 6.4 – 6.6, +.2, seventh to eighth

News: iHeartMedia-owned WMMS-HD2 “BIN 99.1 Because Truth Matters” .2 – .1, -.1, flat at #19

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) 3.3 – 3.4, +.1, repeats at #10

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream-owned WCPN 2.8 – 3.0, +.2, steady at #13

Kent State University’s WKSU .9 – .7, -.2, #16 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock WNCX third successive month, 10.2 – 9.6, -.6

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: hot AC WQAL (+.9)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease (Tie): classic rock WNCX; classic hits-oldies WMJI; and adult contemporary WDOK (-.6)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 5.2 – 4.5, -.7, fourth to fifth and cluster-mate KMBZ-AM “Talk 980 AM” 1.0 – .9, -.1, flat at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) steady at 2.8, #16 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri’s KCUR 5.3 – 5.7, +.4, carries on in third-place

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM, third successive month, 9.4 – 10.1, +.7

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: country WDAF (+1.0)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: country KFKF (-.9)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 6.7 – 6.9, +.2, repeats in fourth-place

News: iHeartMedia’s WYTS “Columbus’ BIN 1230” .1, #20 (WYTS appears in print for the first time since April 2021)

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 5.6 – 8.1, +2.5, sixth to first and cluster-mate WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” .6 – .5, -.1, flat at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 8.1 – 7.9, -.2, first to second

Number One 6+: sports talk WBNS-FM, first month, 5.6 – 8.1, +2.5

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: sports talk WBNS-FM (+2.5)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: classical WOSA (-1.2)

 

 

Up next: September 2021 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

 

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

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

| September 29, 2021

Lotus Communications Closes on Seattle Stations Acquisition. The only radio stations that Sinclair Broadcast Group owned are now part of the Lotus Communications portfolio as Lotus closes on the $18 million purchase of all-news KOMO-AM/FM, talk KVI-AM, and hot AC KPLZ-FM in Seattle that was announced in June. Lotus president Jim Kalmenson says in a statement, “Today begins an exciting era as we begin working with the amazing staff at these heritage radio stations KOMO, KPLZ, and KVI. These are legendary stations which share Lotus’s vision of producing local programming to serve the community and support our hometown businesses. Seattle is home to several excellent broadcasting companies who have made this a great radio market.” Sinclair Broadcast Group – a broadcast television company – picked up the radio stations as part of its acquisition of Fisher Communications’ TV assets in 2013.

WTKS-FM, Orlando’s Russ Rollins Hospitalized with COVID. The “Real Radio 104.1” website has the story of “Monsters in the Morning” host Russ Rollins’ battle with COVID-19. Rollins – who is fully vaccinated and has been an advocate for vaccinations and masks – was on an RV trip with his wife when he fell ill. They cut their trip short and returned home but on Monday (9/27), “things went from bad to worse” and “he was told by his doctor to go to the local emergency room.” Rollins texted that “fluid was filling up” and “this is not good,” adding this “is the worst I have ever felt.” For now, longtime member of “The Monsters in the Morning” Carlos Navarro is leading the show from his home with Angel Rivera and Ryan Holmes in separate rooms at the iHeartMedia studios in Orlando.

iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network Partners with Real Times Media. The deal between iHeartMedia’s BIN: Black Information Network and Detroit-based multi-media firm Real Times Media is described as “a strategic partnership to share and distribute news that is most important to the Black community.” BIN: Black Information Network is the company’s “national audio news network dedicated to providing an objective, accurate and trusted source of continual news coverage with a Black voice and perspective” and Real Times Media publishes Black-targeted newspapers The Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, The Chicago Defender, The Michigan Chronicle, and The New Pittsburgh Courier. iHeartMedia says this new partnership expands upon the recent announcement that beginning in January 2022, BIN will expand their local news coverage in all 32 affiliate markets. Under this deal, iHeartMedia will source and distribute news stories from RTM publications across BIN radio stations and sites, and RTM will source and distribute BIN news, entertainment and sports stories and place BIN’s audio widget, a source of 24/7 audio coverage, on their digital properties. iHeartMedia will distribute RTM news on BINnews.com, BINnews.com/Atlanta and BINnews.com/Detroit. The deal also includes opportunities for iHeartMedia to convert RTM stories into audio reporting. BIN president Tony Coles says, “From the start, our goal at BIN has been to celebrate and invest in the Black community and shine a light on our most important stories. This exciting new partnership allows us to extend our commitment to expanding local journalism, benefitting Black communities all across the country.”

Elvin Fluellen Named VP and Market Manager for Cumulus Macon. Radio sales pro Elvin Fluellen is named vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s Macon, Georgia station group that includes news/talk WMAC-AM and four music brands. Fluellen rejoins Cumulus Macon from Cox Media Group Jacksonville where he was an account executive. Fluellen was previously general sales manager/digital sales manager for Cumulus Macon from 2016-2019. Fluellen has also held programming leadership and on-air positions during his 23-year radio career, including 13 years as operations manager/program director for iHeartMedia in Albany, Georgia. Cumulus regional vice president Mark Sullivan says, “It’s exciting to have Elvin rejoining the team in Macon as he did a wonderful job for us and made a lasting impact with the staff, advertisers and community. I’m very pleased to work alongside him again and look forward to many more successes together.”

Premiere Networks Launches Weekend Cryptocurrency Show Hosted by Mark Moss. This weekend Premiere Networks is debuting “The Mark Moss Show,” hosted by investor, entrepreneur, cryptocurrency expert, and host of the popular “Market Disruptors” podcast/YouTube series Mark Moss. The new three-hour weekend program is available for stations to air between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight local time. It will also be available as a podcast. Premiere says, “Each week on ‘The Mark Moss Show,’ Moss will help audiences understand and navigate Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, as well as why they’re important, including the business, politics, financial markets, and more. He’ll share his knowledge for why this isn’t just a new technology, but a technological revolution with the biggest opportunity and potential ever seen.” He says, “We’re witnessing the most important technological revolution right now – it’s the greatest ‘asymmetric opportunity’ of our lifetime. But to take advantage of this opportunity, you need to have asymmetric information and you need to know what most others do not. That’s what I’m excited to share with listeners each and every week, so they can participate in this revolution today!” Premiere Networks president Julie Talbott comments, “Mark is uniquely qualified to inform and educate audiences on how to make smart investments, grow their money, understand the financial markets and prepare for the future. He doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk. We look forward to sharing Mark’s knowledge and expertise with listeners every weekend!”

Dan Kripke Named DOS for El Dorado Broadcasters. At El Dorado Broadcasters in Yuma, Arizona, Dan Kripke is named director of sales for the group that includes news/talk KBLU-AM, two music brands, plus Yumadailynews.com and its digital sales operations in the marketplace. Kripke was most recently director of sales for Curtis Media in Jacksonville, North Carolina. El Dorado Broadcasters executive president Chris Fleming says, “Dan Kripke is someone we identified as a match for our team as his style and approach are both complementary and unique. When we look for people to join our team, we actively search for people who have a passion for this business and the curiosity and enthusiasm to be innovative. In our conversations with Dan this year, we knew he is someone we want on our team.” Kripke comments, “I can see the potential for growth in the Yuma market and I am thrilled to be part of it. I knew this was a team I wanted to join when had my first conversation with El Dorado Broadcasters. I can’t wait to get started.”

TALKERS News Notes. Tomorrow evening (9/30) at 7:00 pm, Townsquare Media’s WKXW-FM, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5” presents a Town Hall broadcast addressing the alarming rise in youth suicide in New Jersey. Station senior political director Eric Scott says, “The most alarming statistic is the sharp increase in suicide among children as young as 10. Our goal is to remove the stigma surrounding those struggling with thoughts of suicide and connect them with the help they need.” The program’s on-air panel will feature: Meredith Masin Blount, executive director of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; Susan Tellone, clinical director of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide; anti-bullying expert Stuart Green; and Roselin Duenas, a youth suicide survivor and advocate for New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community…..Cumulus Media’s KMJ-AM/FM, Fresno “NewsTalk 580/105.9” recently teamed with local agriculture company Gar Bennett to raise money for the Central California Food Bank through its 2021 “Feeding Families Fund Drive,” and listeners responded generously donating more than $250,000 to help their neighbors struggling with food insecurity and hunger. The annual one-day event was held on September 17 and has raised more than $3.5 million dollars and provided 18 million meals over the eight years the station has been presenting the fund drive…..Monticello Media’s WCHV-AM/FM, Charlottesville, Virginia  recently picked up awards from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for newscast (“Local News First”), sports coverage (Mac McDonald “Covid 19 and HS Sports”) and community events (“Save the C’ville Fireworks”)…..iHeartMedia announces that Charlamagne Tha God’s The Black Effect Podcast Network will celebrate its one-year anniversary of “uplifting and amplifying Black voices in the podcast space” with a live event on October 7 at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. The hybrid event (in-person and live-streamed) will highlight some of the network’s comedy podcasts and will be hosted by Flame Monroe, co-host of “Laugh and Learn.” The event will feature live recordings from “Whoreible Decisions” with Mandii B and WeezyWTF and “The 85 South Show” with DC Young FlyKarlous Miller, and Chico Bean…..Audacy’s C13Originals drops the second season of its documentary series written and created by Vanity Fair’s Lili Anolik titled, “Once Upon a Time… at Bennington College.” This season explores the Bennington College Class of ‘86 and the cultural impact of three of its members, authors Bret Easton Ellis, Jonathan Lethem, and Donna Tartt.

Debt Ceiling Standoff, Biden Infrastructure-Spending Plans, Senate Afghanistan Testimony, COVID-19, Stephanie Grisham Book, and UK Fuel Shortage Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/28). The congressional stalemate over raising the U.S.’s debt ceiling to avoid default; the debate in congress over President Joe Biden’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan and his $3.5 trillion spending plan; Tuesday’s senate testimony from top generals indicating they counseled Biden not to exit Afghanistan and Gen. Mark Milley’s doubling down on his calls to Chinese military; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., boosters, and mask & vaccine mandates; fallout from former Donald Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s tell-all book; and the fuel crisis affecting Great Britain were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

August 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| September 11, 2021

August 2021 PPM Data – Information for the August 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 August 2021 sweep covered July 22 – August 18.

Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty. He also cites each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are July 2021 – August 2021 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 5.5 – 5.2, -.3, repeats in fourth-place

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 2.2 – 2.5, +.3, steady at #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Alpha Media-owned KXTG “750 The Game” 1.3 – 1.7, +.4, #21 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 8.2 – 8.1, -.1, #1

Number One 6+: Oregon Public Broadcasting public radio news/talk KOPB, eighth month in a row, 8.2 – 8.1, -.1

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase (Tie): hot AC KRSK; CHR KBFF; and jazz KMHD (+.6)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: country KWJJ (-.9)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” 3.8 – 4.0, +.2, ninth to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFNZ “Sports Radio The Fan” flat at .8, remains at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation-owned WFAE 3.5 – 3.6, +.1, repeats at #11

South Carolina Educational Television Commission’s WNSC .6 – .5, -.1, #19 to #20

Number One 6+: Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF, first month, 5.5 – 6.2, +.7

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF (+.7)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: classic rock WRFX (-1.3)

 SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” 4.5 – 5.2, +.7, tenth to fifth

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” flat at 1.5, #17 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 4.5 – 3.7, -.8, #10 to #11

Number One 6+ (Tie): Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM, eighth consecutive month, 7.9 – 7.7, -.2 and co-owned hot AC KSMG, first month, 6.5 – 7.7, +1.2

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: hot AC KSMG (+1.2)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: CHR KXXM (-.7)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” steady at 8.7, #1 and cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” 3.2 – 3.6, +.4, #13 to #10

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ 4.9 – 5.4, +.5, anchored in seventh-place

Number One 6+ (Tie): news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM, second month in a row, unchanged at 8.7 and Audacy classic rock KSEG, first month, 8.2 – 8.7,  +.5

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KBEB (+1.0)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: country KNCI (-1.8)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 4.9 – 5.4, +.5, sixth to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 6.7 – 8.2, +1.5, fourth to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 3.0 – 3.1, +.1, #12 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WDVE, third consecutive month, 11.1 – 9.6, -1.5

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: news/talk KDKA-FM (+1.5)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: rock WDVE (-1.5)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio” 6.9 – 6.8, -.1, repeats in third-place

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” flat at 5.0, remains at #7

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 4.7 – 5.0, +.3, eighth to seventh

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ first month, 7.2 – 7.6, +.4

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KODJ (+1.5)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: classical KBYU (-1.6)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KXNT “News Talk 840” 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, anchored at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ, fifth consecutive month, 7.1 – 7.4, +.3

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: Spanish adult hits KWID (+1.1)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KSOS (-.9)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 6.1 – 5.9, -.2, continues in seventh-place

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 1.9 – 2.2, +.3, #15 to #16

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.2 – 1.9, +.7, #19 to #17

Spanish News/Talk: Star Over Orlando’s WRSO “Acción 97.9” flat at 1.4, #18 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” 1.2 – 1.7, +.5, unchanged at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE flat at 3.2, #13 to #11

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WOCL, eighth successive month, 10.2 – 7.5, -2.7

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: country WWKA (+3.1)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOCL (-2.7)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds) 13.1 – 14.1, +1.0, #1 and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.6 – 4.7, +.1, sixth to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” .6 – .8, +.2, flat at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU 4.3 – 4.1, -.2, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia news/talk WLW fifth successive month, 13.1 – 14.1, +1.0

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: news/talk WLW (+1.0)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRRM (-.6)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Indians) 7.9 – 6.4, -1.5, fourth to seventh

News: iHeartMedia-owned WMMS-HD2 “BIN 99.1 Because Truth Matters” .1 – .2, +.1, steady at #19

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” 2.6 – 3.3, +.7, #12 to #10

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream-owned WCPN 2.2 – 2.8, +.6, unchanged at #13

Kent State University’s WKSU .5 – .9, +.4, #17 to #16

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock WNCX second straight month, 10.7 – 10.2, -.5

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: urban AC WZAK (+.9)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: news/talk WTAM (-1.5)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 5.8 – 5.2, -.6, remains at #4 and cluster-mate KMBZ-AM “Talk 980 AM” flat at 1.0, steady at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) 2.6 – 2.8, +.2, carries on at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri’s KCUR 6.0 – 5.3, -.7, anchored in third-place

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM, second successive month, 9.1 – 9.4, +.3

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: alternative KCJK (+.8)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: country WDAF (-1.2)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 5.9 – 6.7, +.8, sixth to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Tegna’s WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 6.3 – 5.6, -.7, fourth to sixth and cluster-mate WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” .5 – .6, +.1, flat at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 7.8 – 8.1, +.3, second to first

Number One 6+: Ohio State University public radio news/talk WOSU, first month, 7.8 – 8.1, +.3

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WSNY (+1.0)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: country WCOL (-2.0)

Up next: August 2021 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

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

July 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| August 12, 2021

July 2021 PPM Data – Information for the July 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 July 2021 sweep covered June 24 – July 21.

Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty. He also cites each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are June 2021 – July 2021 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 4.8 – 5.5, +.7, fifth to fourth

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 2.4 – 2.2, -.2, #16 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KFXX “1080 The Fan” flat at 1.4, remains at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 8.9 – 8.2, -.7, #1

Number One 6+: Oregon Public Broadcasting public radio news/talk KOPB, seventh month in a row, 8.9 – 8.2, -.7

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: country KWJJ (+.9)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: country KUPL (-1.2)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” 3.5 – 3.8, +.3, #12 to #9

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFNZ “Sports Radio The Fan” .7 – .8, +.1, #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation-owned WFAE 4.1 – 3.5, -.6, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX, fourth month in a row, 6.8 – 7.3, +.5

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: country WKKT (+1.2)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WPEG (-1.2)

 SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” 3.7 – 4.5, +.8, #13 to #10

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 1.9 – 1.5, -.4, #16 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 5.1 – 4.5, -.6, fifth to tenth

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM, seventh consecutive month, 7.7 – 7.9, +.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WOAI and country KCYY (+.8)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KROM (-.8)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 8.5 – 8.7, +.2, third to first and cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” 3.0 – 3.2, +.2, #12 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ 4.3 – 4.9, +.6, locked at #7

KQED, Inc.’s KQEI 1.3 – 1.0, -.3, flat at #17

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM, first month, 8.5 – 8.7, +.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: CHR KUDL (+1.4)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KYMX (-3.6)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 4.2 – 4.9, +.7, tenth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 6.4 – 6.7, +.3, anchored at #4

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 2.7 – 3.0, +.3, stays at #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WDVE, second month in a row, 12.0 – 11.1, -.9

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: news/talk KDKA-AM (+.7)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: rock WDVE (-.9)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio” 6.1 – 6.9, +.8, sixth to third

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 5.1 – 5.0, -.1, carries on at #7

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 4.4 – 4.7, +.3, anchored at #8

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI first month, 7.2 – 7.6, +.4

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: news/talk KSL (+.8)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KODJ (-.7)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KXNT “News Talk 840” 1.8 – 1.7, -.1, locked at #20

Beasley Media Group-owned KDWN “The Talk Of Las Vegas” 1.6 – 1.7, +.1, #21 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Nevada Public Radio Corporation-owned KNPR 2.1 – 1.7, -.4, #19 to #20

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ, fourth consecutive month, 7.3 – 7.1, -.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: classic rock KXPT (+.9)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: hot AC KMXB (-1.6)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 5.4 – 6.1, +.7, anchored at #7

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #16 to #15

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.0 – 1.2, +.2, #20 to #19

Spanish News/Talk: Star Over Orlando’s WRSO “Acción 97.9” 1.8 – 1.4, -.4, #16 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” 1.4 – 1.2, -.2, steady at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE 3.1 – 3.2, +.1, #12 to #13

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WOCL, seventh straight month, 9.2 – 10.2, +1.0

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WOCL (+1.0)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: alternative WQMP (-.5)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds) 12.5 – 13.1, +.6, #1 and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.0 – 4.6, +.6, tenth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” .7 – .6, -.1, #20 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU 4.2 – 4.3, +.1, ninth to eighth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia news/talk WLW fourth successive month, 12.5 – 13.1, +.6

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: country WUBE (+1.0)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: classic country WNKN (-1.2)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Indians) 7.8 – 7.9, +.1, repeats in fourth-place

News: iHeartMedia-owned WMMS-HD2 “BIN 99.1 Because Truth Matters” unchanged at .1, stays at #19

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” 3.0 – 2.6, -.4, continues at #12

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream-owned WCPN 3.0 – 2.2, -.8, #12 to #13

Kent State University’s WKSU .7 – .5, -.2, #15 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock WNCX first month, 9.7 – 10.7, +1.0

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WDOK (+1.3)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WMJI (-1.0)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 5.6 – 5.8, +.2, third to fourth and cluster-mate KMBZ-AM “Talk 980 AM” .8 – 1.0, +.2, repeats at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) 3.1 – 2.6, -.5, #14 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri’s KCUR 5.6 – 6.0, +.4, locked at #3

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM, first month, 9.3 – 9.1, -.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: country WDAF (+1.0)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: (Tie) classic rock KCFX and alternative KCJK (-.7)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 6.3 – 5.9, -.4, fifth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Tegna’s WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 5.1 – 6.3, +1.2, sixth to fourth and cluster-mate WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” .6 – .5, -.1, #18 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 7.3 – 7.8, +.5, repeats in second-place

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia country WCOL, seventh successive month, 9.3 – 8.9, -.4

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: adult hits WODC (+1.7)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: classic rock WLVQ (-1.3)

 

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

Friday, July 30, 2021

| July 30, 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, “Recalibration!” looks back at this past week of July 26-30. The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Harry Hurley; talk show host, WPG, Atlantic City; Mark Simone, talk show host, WOR, New York; Dr. Renee Kohanski, forensic psychiatrist/medical profession podcaster; Ralph Nader, political activist/talk show host, “The Ralph Nader Radio Hour”; Walter Sterling, talk show host, “Sterling on Sunday”; 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-AM, Hartford; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD, Denver; KFNX, Phoenix; WPG, Atlantic City, NJ; 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; KQEN, Roseburg, OR; 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  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.

Schultz, Husmann Join Quu. Selected to become Quu’s head of marketing and product manager, respectively, are Suzy Schultz and Ben Husmann. Schultz and Husmann will report directly to chief executive officer Steve Newberry, who comments, “Suzy and Ben are respected executives and creative problem solvers known for leading innovation in audio. With deep industry knowledge, they’re uniquely qualified to fortify the significant expansion of Quu’s software and services [which will roll out] later this year.” Creative Prism founder/chief executive officer Schultz notes, “Developing a consistent, clarified, and fresh approach to Quu’s brand and messaging is a dream come true. We’re focused on empowering Quu’s customers and offering the industry access to ratings and revenue growth opportunities that build on radio’s core product.” Meanwhile, Husmann states, “My role is to make it quick, easy, and painless for stations to enhance their programming and advertising metadata and visuals for the car dashboard and beyond. I’m excited to collaborate with the elite team at Quu to build a new and improved user experience on top of Quu’s extensive capabilities.” Schultz’s marketing/content production company Creative Prism will oversee branding, communications, marketing strategy, productization, and sales enablement for Quu customers. Prior to founding Creative Prism, Schultz was Cumulus Media/Westwood One’s senior vice president of corporate marketing, and managing editor of iHeartRadio. Formerly AccuRadio’s chief operating officer, Husmann was senior vice president/product and technology for TagStation and NextRadio. Quu enables radio stations to publish sales and programming messages on car dashboards; it delivered over six billion “visual Quus” in 2020. Earlier this month, Quu and Bonneville announced a multi-market partnership.

Tunein, iHeart Partner On Strategic Technology and Content. The agreement will allow TuneIn to dispense on more than 850 iHeartMedia digital stations. In addition, TuneIn will have access to local advertising demand from iHeartMedia’s monetization assets, including its sales force of nearly 2,000 sellers in every major market, and Triton Digital‘s advertising technology. iHeartMedia chief data officer/president of revenue strategies Brian Kaminsky comments that the partnership is “a great marriage of content and technology. [It is] enabled by Triton’s cutting edge and comprehensive suite of audio advertising technology to support streaming audio and podcast businesses with both direct and programmatic sales. With Triton’s Supply Side Platform, local advertisers will have the ability to reach additional iHeart and TuneIn listeners through both direct and programmatic sales.” TuneIn chief revenue officer Rob Deichert notes, “The relationship with iHeart demonstrates the power of TuneIn’s open platform to flexibly align with the content, distribution and monetization assets of our partners to jointly create new and previously unrecognized value. We’re incredibly pleased to partner with iHeartMedia and Triton as we continue our mission to delight listeners and reinvent radio for a connected world.”

WNYC Appoints Clary Deputy Editor. The newly-created role at WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned public radio news/talk WNYC, New York will be filled August 30 by current Vice VP Stephanie Clary. As deputy editor, Clary will oversee the station’s news coverage, working with editors in charge of multiplatform desks to align journalistic priorities. Per a WNYC press release, “In Stephanie, we have found a truly impressive journalist with deep experience covering local, national, international and breaking news on both digital and broadcast platforms. She has developed strategies to enhance newsroom innovation and dynamism. She will bring those skills to WNYC as we continue to grow our audience, expand our reach, and produce impactful journalism that improves the lives of people in New York City and our region. Her track record as a leader in a wide range of newsrooms makes her the perfect fit for this role. She has managed large teams of journalists, bringing to each job her unique mix of editorial judgement, product expertise, digital skills, and news judgment. Our team is the next place she wants to bring her talents and skills.” Clary comments, “I’m thrilled to join a newsroom that’s so essential to our city and region at a time when local news is diminishing in even the largest metropolis. This role is an incredible opportunity to work on both audio and digital at an institution with such a deep and respected legacy, and such committed journalists. I’m excited to be a part of helping to serve more communities with impactful, mission-driven journalism and storytelling.” Prior to her present role at Vice, Clary was CNN’s director of social publishing; managing editor at Mic; managing editor of NBC start-up “Breaking News”; and part of the Seattle Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the 2009 Lakewood police shooting in Washington.

Nielsen’s Q2 Revenue, Income Increase. Second quarter 2021 revenue for Nielsen Holdings rose 6.2% year-to-year to $861 million. Net income from continuing operations attributable to shareholders was up 207.1% to $86 million. Meanwhile, adjusted EBITDA rose 11.8% to $370 million. The audience measurement division saw revenue gain 4.3% to $629 million, while outcomes & content revenue was up 11.5% to $232 million. The company revised full-year 2021 guidance: It increased total revenue growth projections from 2% – 3% to 2.5% – 3% on a constant currency basis; adjusted EBITDA from $1.47 billion – $1.49 billion to  $1.475 billion -$1.49 billion; and adjusted earnings per share from $1.47 – $1.58 to  $1.54 – $1.61. According to chief executive officer David Kenny, “[The results] demonstrate our continued strategic and operational transformation, as the global media ecosystem evolves. We have increased confidence in our full-year outlook, which is reflected in our updated 2021 guidance. We continue to see healthy renewals from existing clients, growing interest from new clients, and steady progress in our global product development. We are executing well against our strategy and roadmap to create long-term value and are pleased with steady progress again this quarter.”

House-Passed Bill Contains Public Media Funding. The Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill earmarks money for public media. Corporation For Public Broadcasting president/chief executive officer Patricia Harrison remarks, “We appreciate the House of Representatives’ strong support of public media, providing $565 million for CPB’s [fiscal year] 2024 advance appropriation, ensuring that public media remains free and available to every American. As the country continues to address the impact of a global pandemic on every aspect of American life, public media is responding with content and services that support the increased educational, informational, and public safety needs of America’s diverse communities. We are grateful for the House’s ongoing support of $20 million for the public broadcasting interconnection system, which allows for the distribution of content from producers to local stations and is part of our nation’s emergency alert system.” Regarding the $31.8 million provided for the Department of Education‘s “Ready To Learn,” Harrison states, “The program enables the creation of accessible, educational public media content, on air, online and in the community, for children ages 2 to 8. As the appropriations process continues, we look forward to working with Congress on funding decisions to support a healthy and vibrant public media system.”

Have You Heard This Podcast? That’s a question those at ABC News are most likely again posing regarding the network’s “Have You Seen This Man?,” which begins its second season (Wednesday) August 11. Listeners are invited to join a real-time global search by U.S. Marshals for fugitive John Ruffo, who stole over $300 million. Instead of reporting for a 17-year prison sentence, the scammer – currently on the “15 Most Wanted” list – vanished. Involved in one of the largest frauds of its time, Ruffo swindled banks out of more than $300 million, using the cash to transform himself into a Wall Street luminary. The six-part Sunny Hostin-hosted podcast features reporting by ABC News senior investigative reporter Matthew Mosk, who embeds with the U.S. Marshals on Ruffo’s trail. Mosk reports the story of how 23 years ago, Brooklyn computer salesperson Ruffo pleaded guilty to fraud. After turning in his ankle monitor on his way to a 17-year prison sentence, Ruffo left his car at New York’s JFK Airport and disappeared. Tips have kept marshals on their toes for two decades and listeners could be the key in uncovering the final clue in finding Ruffo, who was rumored to be behind home plate at a Los Angeles DodgersBoston Red Sox baseball game. The podcast reports on Ruffo’s disappearance through the eyes of those who were there, including the attorney who persuaded a judge to let Ruffo drive himself to prison; the bailiff who took off Ruffo’s handcuffs; the FBI agent who got the call when Ruffo skipped town; Ruffo’s former wife, who remarried after abandoning hope that he would make contact with her; and family members who found themselves temporarily homeless after Ruffo skipped bail. A four-part Hulu original limited series on the global search for Ruffo is currently in production from ABC News Longform. The first season of “Have You Seen This Man?” followed the search for murderer Lester Eubanks, who was on the run for over 45 years. That podcast yielded more than 300 tips; the case remains active.

SiriusXM’s SXM-8 Satellite Ready for Service. The SXM-8 satellite completed in-orbit testing and has been handed over to SiriusXM. Last month (6/6), a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the satellite into space from Cape Canaveral. SXM-8 is the ninth digital, audio radio satellite built by Maxar for the satcaster. SiriusXM senior vice president/satellite and repeater systems engineering & operations Bridget Neville notes, “We are committed to enhancing our satellite fleet and ability to deliver the best audio entertainment, traffic, weather, data and information services for years to come. We congratulate our engineering team, Maxar, and SpaceX on a successful launch and commissioning.” Maxar senior vice president/space programs delivery Chris Johnson adds, “We are proud of our long-standing relationship with SiriusXM and excited to see SXM-8 ready for service to bring entertainment to millions of SiriusXM subscribers. The entire Maxar team is committed to excellence – playing a role in the success of our customers’ missions is what drives us every day.” SXM-8 is more than 27-feet tall and weighed nearly 7,000 kg at launch. SXM-8 has an almost 30-feet in diameter mesh reflector that will allow SiriusXM programming to reach radios, including those in moving vehicles.

TALKERS News Notes. Whereas Nielsen July 2021 stats indicate double-digit declines by Newsmax’s cable news competition, Newsmax is touting a year-over-year total audience increase of 500%, maintaining it is the country’s fourth-rated cable news network. Chief executive officer Christopher Ruddy states, “Newsmax is growing across almost every metric.” The cable news network draws over 30 million regular viewers … Airing weekly on CRN Digital Talk Radio and in numerous radio markets across the country, “What’s Cookin’ on Wine” notes its 750th episode with an on-air celebration. Among those taking part include Brewer Clifton founder/winemaker Greg Brewer; Arthur Vineyards proprietor David Long; Pisoni Vineyards founder Gary Pisoni; Boisett Collection proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset; and CIRQ & CHEV Wines founder Michael Browne. The Michael Horn and Nicole Nielson-hosted show began broadcasting from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in 2002; Michael Jordan spun off “What’s Cookin’ on Wine” and created “The Word on Wine,” which originates from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa (California). According to Jordan, “What’s Cookin’ on Wine” has become “one of the most respected radio shows and podcasts in the world of wine. Bringing the joy of wine to the public is my passion; it’s only fitting to celebrate the legacy of the show with some of the most important people in the industry.” In addition to being an original host of “The Word on Wine” and “What’s Cookin’ on Wine,” certified sommelier Horn hosts the daily syndicated “What’s Cookin’ Today.” He founded CRN in 1983 and is its chief executive officer … Public radio news/talk WMFE, Orlando’s former president/chief executive officer Stephen McKenney Steck, 77, died this past Saturday (7/24) in Orlando. He was hit by a car while biking. Responsible for signing on WMFE in 1980, Steck founded the Carroll McKenney Foundation For Public Media, a nonprofit producer of Central Florida programming and podcasts.