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October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| November 5, 2021

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

Nielsen Audio’s October 2021 sweep covered September 16 – October 13.

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

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

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

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 4.9 – 5.2, +.3, repeats in fourth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 1.6 – 1.9, +.3, #17 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 7.5 – 7.4, -.1, anchored at #2

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, eighth consecutive month, 11.0 – 9.0, -2.0

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: CHR KHFI (+1.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult hits KBPA (-2.0)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 6.4 – 6.3, -.1, remains at #4

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 2.4 – 2.2, -.2, #14 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” 2.3 – 2.6, +.3, #15 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 10.9 – 9.2, -1.7, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, twelfth consecutive month, 10.9 – 9.2, -1.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMAG (+1.1)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WUNC (-1.7)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 7.4 – 7.2, -.2, fourth to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 “The Fan” (Colts) 5.5 – 5.1, -.4, seventh to eighth

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” .2 – .5, +.3, steady at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 6.9 – 6.0, -.9, fifth to sixth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media adult hits WJJK, ninth successive month, 9.4 – 9.0 -.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country WLHK (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WFYI (-.9)

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Brewers and Green Bay Packers) 9.1 – 9.8, +.7, #1

iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 8.9 – 9.3, +.4, repeats at #2

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.3 – 1.8, +.5, unchanged at #15

Audacy-owned WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” .9 – 1.0, +.1, #16 to #17

Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” .6 – .8, +.2, #22 to #18

iHeartMedia-owned WOKY “The Big 920” .7 – .8, +.1, flat at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.9 – 4.1, -.8, ninth to tenth

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board’s WHAD .7 – .8, +.1, steady at #18

Number One 6+: news/talk WTMJ, seventh straight month, 9.1 – 9.8, +.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WTMJ; hot AC WMYX; and classic hits-oldies WZTI (+.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): alternative WLUM; public radio news/talk WUWM; and adult contemporary WLDB (-.8)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 7.8 – 7.3, -.5, first to second

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.9 – 2.5, -.4, #14 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) 4.8 – 6.0, +1.2, #11 to #7

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” 1.0 – 1.2, +.2, unchanged at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM steady at 4.9, tenth to ninth

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, tenth consecutive month, flat at 7.8

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: urban contemporary WUBT (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: country WSM-FM (-1.2)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 4.2 – 5.1, +.9, eighth to fifth

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” .6 – .7, +.1, #21 to #20

News – Talk: iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” 1.8 – 1.5, -.3, remains at #12

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots) 4.3 – 5.0, +.7, seventh to sixth

Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 3.7 – 4.3, +.6, ninth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.4 – 2.5, +.1, #11 to #10

Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 2.9 – 2.2, -.7, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, third straight month, 12.2 – 13.9, +1.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: rock WHJY (+1.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WWLI (-1.7)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Commonwealth Radio’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 2.3 – 2.6, +.3, unchanged at #14

News: iHeartMedia-owned WNOH “BIN 105.3 Because Truth Matters” 1.0 – .8, -.2, #17 to #20

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” 1.0 – 1.2, +.2, #17 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 36th consecutive month, 11.8 – 10.6, -1.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: hot AC WPTE (+1.5)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: urban AC WVKL (-1.2)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” steady at 8.2, third to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” unchanged at .6, #20 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  4.4 – 4.1, -.3, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ, third consecutive month, 10.1 – 8.9, -1.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country WGNE (+1.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): adult contemporary WEJZ and urban contemporary WJBT (-1.2)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 2.5 – 2.9, +.4, #12 to #9

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 2.2 – 2.1, -.1, #14 to #13

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” 1.5 – .8, -.7, #17 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 4.2 – 3.4, -.8, fifth to sixth

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, first month, 8.0 – 9.2, +1.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic rock WKGR (+1.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WFEZ (-1.0)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 3.9 – 4.5, +.6, ninth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS & WPCM 600 AM & 920 AM” flat at .4, #15 to #16 and co-owned WMFR “Triad Sports Network,” .1, #17; WMFR last appeared in print in April 2021 (.1, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.9 – 2.9, -1.0, ninth to tenth

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 2.0 – 1.7, -.3, remains at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, fifth month in a row, 11.0 – 11.9, +.9

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

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): public radio news/talk WFDD and rock WVBZ (-1.0)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 4.8 – 3.6, -1.2, eighth to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy cluster-mates WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” 4.3 – 4.1, -.2, remains at #9; WMFS’ internet stream .5 – .3, -.2, #17 to #18; and WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” steady at .3, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 1.9 – 2.1, +.2, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, eighth consecutive month, 10.9 – 11.3, +.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO (+1.9)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WREC (-1.2)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 6.2 – 6.0, -.2, sixth to seventh

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” 1.0 – .8, -.2, remains at #14

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” anchored at .2, #20 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” .6 – .8, +.2, #16 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 7.7 – 7.4, -.3, continues in third-place

New England Public Media’s WFCR .6 – .4, -.2, repeats at #16

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, nineteenth successive month, 9.7 – 10.3, +.6

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase (Tie): adult contemporary WRCH; hot AC WTIC-FM; CHR WKSS; classic hits-oldies WHCN; and alternative WMRQ (+.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic rock WDRC-FM (-.4)

 

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

October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| November 4, 2021

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

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

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

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

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 5.8 – 5.5, -.3, locked in fourth-place

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 3.2 – 3.1, -.1, #15 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 8.1 – 7.8, -.3, #1 to #2 and KOPB’s internet stream 1.7 – 2.8, +1.1, #19 to #17

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH, first month, 7.2 – 8.1, +.9

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KOPB’s internet stream (+1.1)

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

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) 4.7 – 3.9, -.8, #8 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFNZ “Sports Radio The Fan” .9 – 1.0, +.1, remains at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation-owned WFAE 3.4 – 3.8, +.4, #13 to #12

South Carolina Educational Television Commission’s WNSC .5 – .7, +.2, unchanged at #20

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group urban contemporary WPEG, first month, 5.5 – 6.6, +1.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country WKKT (+1.2)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic rock WRFX (-1.4)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” 5.0 – 3.8, -1.2, seventh to tenth

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 2.1 – 2.5, +.4, #17 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 3.6 – 2.8, -.8, #11 to #13

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM, first month, 6.7 – 7.2, +.5

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KQXT (+1.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WOAI (-1.2)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 9.8 – 8.6, -1.2, #1 and cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” 3.4 – 3.2, -.2, #12 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KIFM-AM “ESPN 1320” .5 – .8, +.3, #21 to #19

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

Number One 6+: news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM, fourth straight month, 9.8 – 8.6, -1.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL (+1.4)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM (-1.2)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 4.7 – 4.4, -.3, sixth to ninth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 8.8 – 8.5, -.3, second to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 3.8 – 2.9, -.9, #11 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WDVE, fifth consecutive month, 10.4 – 10.8, +.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase:  classic hits-oldies WWSW (+2.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WESA (-.9)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio” 8.2 – 9.9, +1.7, #1

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 6.3 – 6.8, +.5, fourth to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 4.7 – 3.4, -1.3, seventh to tenth

Number One 6+: news/talk KSL, second straight month, 8.2 – 9.9, +1.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: news/talk KSL (+1.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KODJ (-1.8)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KXNT “News Talk 840” flat at 1.9, repeats at #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ, first month, 7.3 – 9.6, +2.3

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KKLZ (+2.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSNE (-1.5)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 6.1 – 5.7, -.4, seventh to ninth

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 2.5 – 2.6, +.1, #15 to #13

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.5 – 1.4, -.1, repeats at #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, remains at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE 2.7 – 2.3, -.4, #13 to #15

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB, first month, 7.5 – 7.9, +.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: Spanish contemporary WOEX (+2.1)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic rock WMMO (-1.2)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds) 14.5 – 13.2, -1.3, #1 and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.5 – 5.5, +1.0, seventh to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” (Bengals) 1.3 – 1.4, +.1, repeats at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU 3.8 – 3.3, -.5, stays at #11

Number One 6+: news/talk WLW seventh successive month, 14.5 – 13.2, -1.3

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic rock WOFX (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WLW (-1.3)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Indians) 6.6 – 5.4, -1.2, repeats in eighth-place

News: iHeartMedia-owned WMMS-HD2 “BIN 99.1 Because Truth Matters” .1 – .2, +.1, #19 to #18

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) 3.4 – 4.3, +.9, tenth to ninth

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream-owned WCPN 3.0 – 3.3, +.3, #13 to #12

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

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock WNCX fourth successive month, 9.6 – 11.1, +1.5

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic rock WNCX (+1.5)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WTAM (-1.2)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 4.5 – 4.6, +.1, fifth to seventh and cluster-mate KMBZ-AM “Talk 980 AM” unchanged at .9, remains at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) 2.8 – 2.6, -.2, #15 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri’s KCUR 5.7 – 5.9, +.2, locked at #3

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX, first month, 7.6 – 8.6, +1.0

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic rock KCFX (+1.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM (-1.7)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 6.9 – 5.9, -1.0, fourth to sixth

News: iHeartMedia’s WYTS “Columbus’ BIN 1230” steady at .1, #20 to #19

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 8.1 – 10.1*, +2.0, #1 and cluster-mate WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” .5 – .6, +.1, #16 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 7.9 – 7.3, -.6, second to third

Number One 6+: sports talk WBNS-FM, second successive month, 8.1 – 10.1, +2.0

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: sports talk WBNS-FM (+2.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WSNY (-1.6)

*In the 36 PPM-markets whose October 2021 data we’ve analyzed thus far, WBNS-FM is the only sports talk station to reach double-digits (10.1, 6+).

 

Up next: October 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. 

October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| November 3, 2021

October 2021 PPM Data – Information for the October 2021 sweep has been released for Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Nielsen Audio’s October 2021 survey period covered September 16 – October 13.

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

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

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

WASHINGTON, DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOSTON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIAMI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WIOD “News Radio 610” 1.5 – 1.8, +.3, #23 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.5 – 3.6, +.1, ninth to eighth

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

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

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

SEATTLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DETROIT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

MINNEAPOLIS

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

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

SAN DIEGO

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

TAMPA

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

DENVER

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

BALTIMORE

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

ST. LOUIS

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

 

Up next: October 2021 overviews for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus.

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

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

| November 2, 2021

Bongino Off the Radio This Week; Still Hosting Podcast. This may be the week that the rift between Westwood One parent company Cumulus Media and nationally syndication talk host Dan Bongino is settled – one way or the other. Bongino’s 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET show is being guest hosted this week after the syndicator ran best-of shows last week during his absence. At issue here is Bongino’s stand against the company’s vaccine mandates and his publicly calling out the company and demanding it rescind the requirement that all employees get vaccinated. He is still producing his daily, one-hour podcast for the iHeartRadio platform this week and on it he’s addressing vaccine mandates and his belief that they are ultimately doing the nation more harm than good. As far as Cumulus Media is concerned, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which the company retreats on its vaccine mandate and since Bongino is obviously serious about his ultimatum, it looks like the two parties are likely headed for a separation.

Interep Radio Founder Ralph Guild Passes at 93. Legendary radio sales figure Ralph Guild – long credited with creating what is now the standard operating structure for television and radio rep companies, passed away yesterday (11/1) in Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 93. Guild launched Interep Radio in 1981 to offer the communications and marketing expertise he believed radio stations would come to expect from their representatives. Created as a holding company, Interep brought independent rep firms together under a single corporate umbrella and grew to over $1 billion in sales. In 1986, under Guild’s stewardship, Interep launched Group W Radio Sales, which ultimately became CBS Radio Sales. Other dedicated rep companies created by Interep included ABC Radio Sales. Guild began his radio representation career in 1957 as a young executive at McGavren Radio – a San Francisco-based firm devoted to representing radio advertising. The company sent him to New York to open their first east coast office, and by 1967 McGavren Radio had become McGavren Guild. In 1973, Guild had become the company’s president and chief operating officer, and later its chairman. Guild’s son Marc, who was also a well-known radio industry executive, passed away in 2020. Guild is survived by his children, Gale, Lynn, Sharon, and Adam, his 16 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Townsquare Media 2021 Third Quarter Net Revenue Up 17%. The company reveals the results of its 2021 third quarter financial report and says net revenue was $111.3 million, up 16.7% compared to the same period in 2020 and just 1% shy of the net revenue in Q3 of 2019 – just prior to the pandemic. Net income for the quarter was $12.9 million, up from $1.3 million in Q3 of 2020. Townsquare Media reports its business in three segments: Townsquare Interactive, the company’s digital marketing solutions subscription business; Advertising, which includes broadcast and digital advertising products and solutions; and Live Events, which is comprised of the company’s live events, including concerts, expositions and other experiential events. Townsquare Interactive net subscription revenue increased $2.9 million, or 16.2%, to $21.1 million, Advertising net revenue increased $10.3 million, or 13.3%, to $87.4 million, and Live Events net revenue increased $2.7 million to $2.7 million, each as compared to the third quarter of 2020. Townsquare Media CEO Bill Wilson says, “Townsquare’s strong performance continued in the third quarter of 2021, highlighted by robust year-over-year net revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, and net income growth.  Adjusted EBITDA surpassed 2019 levels for the fourth consecutive quarter, and net revenue was at 99% of 2019 levels… As a Digital First Company with approximately 47% of total net revenue (excluding political) coming from our digital platform and solutions, we continue to separate ourselves from the local competition. In the third quarter, total digital revenue increased 20% year-over-year (+29% vs. Q3 2019), and we expect double-digit digital net revenue growth to continue, fueling the growth of our digital platform from $188 million of revenue (on a trailing twelve-month basis as of September 30, 2021) to $250 million in just three short years. Our digital revenue growth, combined with strong profit growth, allowed us to reduce net leverage to 4.9x as of September 30, a meaningful reduction of 2.9x year over year. I am incredibly proud of the Townsquare Team and the results we have delivered to date, which sets us up to noticeably exceed 2019’s Adjusted EBITDA in FY 2021, marking a record profit level for our company. Although COVID is far from over, we have been able to achieve our revenue and EBITDA targets faster than we had initially planned for while gaining market share. As such, we are quickly moving towards our ultimate goal of being the number one local media company in each of our 67 markets.”

Beasley Media Group Q3 Net Revenue Up 26.7%. For the third quarter of 2021, Beasley Media Group reports net revenue of $62.9 million, an increase of 26.7% over the same period in 2020. The company reports a net loss of $1.6 million, down from the $2.7 million net loss reported in Q3 of 2020. Station operating income rose to $11.7 million, up 36% from the $8.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2020. Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley states, “Beasley’s strong third quarter financial results reflect the operating and financial benefits of our digital transformation and revenue diversification initiatives, which are becoming more visible as we move deeper into the post-pandemic economic recovery. Accelerating demand from consumers and advertisers for our premium content and multi-platform marketing solutions drove third quarter net revenue of $62.9 million, marking a 6% increase over second quarter 2021 levels and a 27% increase over the comparable prior year period. Top line growth, combined with the meaningful actions we have taken over the past year to permanently reduce costs and improve operating efficiencies, resulted in a significant 45% year-over-year increase in SOI to $11.7 million, as well as positive free cash flow of approximately $1.7 million. While the Delta variant impacted some markets during the quarter, strong growth in core radio advertising and digital advertising revenue resulted in year-over-year total revenue increases across nearly all of our markets, with healthy double-digit growth in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Boston, Detroit, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Tampa and Wilmington. The growth was primarily driven by a significant increase in sports betting revenue. Beasley continues to generate positive results from strategic investments in our digital and esports infrastructure and content production capabilities, which are further strengthening the long-term competitive position of our diversified media platform. Growing consumer and advertiser demand for Beasley’s digital audio content drove a 67% year-over-year increase in digital revenue, with digital accounting for 13% of total third quarter revenue. With our ongoing focus on premium audio and digital content, Beasley’s digital network delivered record digital audience impressions for the second consecutive quarter, with total digital impressions growing 13% over the prior year period, including a 17% year-over-year increase in our total digital streaming audience. On the esports front, we recently launched AXLE-R8, our first expansion team marking our entry into the Rocket League Championship series, which attracts a highly engaged and growing young audience. As we continue to build our esports portfolio, we remain focused on looking for new, innovative ways to monetize this content to drive profitable long-term revenue growth. In summary, we continue to make significant progress on our near-term goal of returning all of our revenue sources to pre-pandemic levels, as we integrate our leading broadcast platform with our fast-growing digital solutions while maintaining deep local connections and reach within our markets.”

Duke Brooks Exits Resort Broadcasting’s WGMD-FM, Rehoboth Beach. Talk show host Duke Brooks tells TALKERS magazine that he left his position as host of the afternoon drive program at Resort Broadcasting’s news/talk WGMD-FM, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on October 15. He says, “I’ve been honored to have the company of thousands of Delmarvans every weekday afternoon for over six years, but WGMD plans a new programming direction in which I have no experience. That, among several other reasons, meant that it was time for me to depart Resort Broadcasting, LLC.” Brooks first joined WGMD in the fall of 2009 as evening talk show host but, along with several other staffers, was let go on February 2, 2011. He then worked as communication director for the Sussex County GOP and then for Kevin Wade’s (R-DE) campaigns for the U.S. Senate. He returned to WGMD on March 13, 2015.

Fisher House Radio Special Available for Veterans Day Weekend. In time for this year’s recognition of Veteran’s Day, Fisher House Foundation announces that The Jeff Wyatt Group has a free, fresh edition of “The Fisher House Story” for 2021 NOW available for download. You can hear the demo, register, and download today here. “The Fisher House Story – Peace of Mind and a Place to Heal” is a radio special provided in varying lengths for news/talk radio stations as well as a 30-minute public affairs show for ALL formats in the U.S. and around the world. Fisher House Foundation provides a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Fisher Houses provide temporary free lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis because “A Family’s LOVE is Good Medicine.” The 3-hour, 1-hour, 25 and 30-minute radio specials are hosted by long-time radio personality Jeff Wyatt and features stories of our nation’s heroes, the families who serve by their side, and how Fisher House plays a role in their journey. This informational talk show will leave listeners feeling inspired during Veterans Day weekend (Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11) and through the holiday season, sharing stories of amazing service members, veterans, and their families.

Biden Spending Bills, Election Day, COVID-19, SCOTUS Abortion Law Case, COP26, and Kyle Rittenhouse Trial to Begin Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/1). The status of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and $1.75 trillion economic plan and Congress likely to act on them this week; today’s tight gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., vaccine mandates, and vaccine approval for children; the Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments in the case of Texas’ restrictive abortion law; the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow; and the beginning of the trial of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.