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Friday, March 26, 2021

| March 26, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shooting Violence and Gun Control Top News/Talk Story for March 22-26. The shooting deaths in Atlanta and Boulder and the larger topic of gun control combined as the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was COVID-19, vaccines, variants, prevention, and stats. Following at #3 was the border crisis and the related topic of immigration reform. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s complete chart here.

February 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| March 26, 2021

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

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

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

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

AUSTIN

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

RALEIGH

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

INDIANAPOLIS

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

MILWAUKEE

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

NASHVILLE

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

PROVIDENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORFOLK

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

News: WNOH 1.2 – 1.0, -.2, #17 to #19

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

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

JACKSONVILLE

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

WEST PALM BEACH

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

GREENSBORO

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

MEMPHIS

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

HARTFORD

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Thursday, March 25, 2021

| March 25, 2021

Cumulus Fires One and Suspends Two at WGRF-FM, Buffalo After Racists Remarks on ‘Morning Bull Show.’ One member of the “The Morning Bull Show” at Cumulus Media’s classic rock WGRF-FM, Buffalo “97 Rock” has been fired and two other members have been suspended after they did a bit that involved comparing the color of famous Black women’s skin to burnt toast. Spectrum News reports that Cumulus fired Rob Lederman and suspended Rich Gaenzler and Chris Klein. Gaenzler also lost his gig as arena announcer for Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bandits games and the University of Buffalo says Gaenzler will not be considered for stadium announcer next fall (a position he’s held in the past). At least two advertisers pulled their ads from the station as Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the West Herr Auto Group canceled their current ad schedules. Cumulus issued the following statement: “Cumulus Media operates from a clearly defined set of programming principles and there is no question that Rob Lederman’s comments made on The Morning Bull Show are in direct violation of those principles. We swiftly terminated him and suspended the remainder of the show’s on-air talent. We apologize and deeply regret the incident.”

WBEN-AM, Buffalo Extends Bauerle and Bellavia Shows to Cover Limbaugh Daypart. According to a report in the Buffalo News, Entercom’s Buffalo news/talk WBEN-AM is going to fill the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart long occupied by “The Rush Limbaugh Show” by expanding the midday David Bellavia and afternoon drive Tom Bauerle shows. Beginning on April 5, the David Bellavia show air from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Tom Bauerle’s program will air from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The station will add a 9:00 am to 10:00 am program hosted by AM drive co-host Brian Mazurowski and producer and fill-in host Joe Beamer. To fill the 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm hour created by Bauerle’s move, WBEN will air “The News Hour with Tom Puckett and the WBEN News Team.” Program director Tim Wenger says in a memo to staff, “This lineup gives us the ability to super-serve the market with the most compelling stories and topics on the minds of people in Buffalo and Western New York and establishes us as THE go-to outlet for full LIVE coverage all day long.”

Dana Loesch Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. The leading female news/talk radio host in America, Dana Loesch, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Loesch has been syndicated by Radio America in the 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm ET time slot for the past seven years and is considered one of the leading players in a growing field of competitors seeking to be cleared on stations looking to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Rush Limbaugh. Loesch, a staunch conservative described as a “next generation” talker, is the author of three highly influential books: Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America (Hachette, 2015), Flyover Nation: You Can’t Run a Country You’ve Never Been To (Sentinel, 2016), and Grace Canceled: How Outrage is Destroying Lives, Ending Debate, and Endangering Democracy (Regnery, 2020). Harrison and Loesch discuss the state of the talk radio industry as it enters the post-Limbaugh era along with her views on the gun control debate in the wake of the latest wave of mass murders in the news.  They also tackle the big questions about the future of the Republican Party, Donald Trump and the conservative movement in America.  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.  Don’t miss this!

Round Three of Nielsen Audio’s February PPMs Released. The third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s February 2021 PPM survey has been 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 February 2021 sweep covered February 4 – March 3. All-news and news/talk stations that typically see a decline in listening following a presidential election kept the attention of listeners due to the chaos that followed the elections and that continued into the new year with the January 6 Capitol attack and the incoming Biden administration. In this report, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM drops from #1 to #2 after losing two-tenths to finish the February survey with a 6.0 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share). Urban One’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte sheds 1.1 shares to finish with a 5.5 share and slides to the #4 rank. In Sacramento, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFBK remains ranked #1 even while losing six-tenths and wrapping the survey with a 9.6 share. There’s a second-place tie in Salt Lake City as iHeartMedia’s news/talk KNRS-FM dips nine-tenths and Bonneville’s KSL-AM/FM is flat – both posting 7.0 shares. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this round of markets – as well as the first two rounds – here.

Nielsen: Women Make Up 45% of Podcast Consumers; Kids & Family Most-Listened-To Genre. The new Podcasting Today report from Nielsen indicates that the top genre among female podcast listeners in the U.S. is ‘kids & family,’ with a 77% audience composition while true crime is fourth with a 60% audience composition (health & fitness and arts are second and third, respectively). The rest of the top 10 is: religion and spirituality (58%), education (54%), society and culture (53%), fiction (50%), and TV, film, and music (48%). “Perhaps what this tells us is that regardless of characteristics such as gender, podcasts listeners are a diverse group with diverse interests and that women are among the most voracious consumers of podcasts of all types and subjects.” Nielsen states, “Women are savvy consumers of news, information, and other media across devices. They also make up 45% of all podcast consumers over-indexing in podcasts across all genres. This is a coveted demographic for marketers and advertisers, as female-led households in the U.S. increased 41% in the last five years. No matter what media they’re consuming, truth, transparency, and real representation matter.”

TALKERS News Notes. A new podcast deal is announced in which iHeartMedia partners with Will Packer Media for a slate of original scripted and unscripted podcasts to the iHeartPodcast Network. iHeartMedia says, “The new partnership builds on the success of the true crime podcast ‘Fight Night,’ which launched on the iHeartMedia platform in October 2020 and was co-produced by Will Packer and James Lopez, president of Will Packer Productions. ‘Fight Night’ examined one of Atlanta’s most infamous armed robberies from the night of Muhammad Ali’s historic 1970 return to boxing.”…..ABC Audio unveils its new podcast “Inside the Oscars,” hosted by ABC News’ Ginger Zee. ABC says the six-part series dives into everything listeners want to know in the one-month countdown to an Oscar Sunday that will be like no other, including how filmmaking and the way we enjoy movies has changed. The first episode of “Inside the Oscars” is available today (3/25) with new episodes posting Thursdays…..Entercom and Global Music Rights announce a long-term partnership that allows Entercom to perform GMR’s catalog of hit songs across all of its platforms. Entercom says the multi-year deal starts immediately and paves the way for a strong partnership between the rapidly growing audio content and entertainment platform and the boutique performing rights organization featuring some of music’s most talented hitmakers. Entercom chief David Field adds, “We are excited to partner with Irving [Azoff] and the team at GMR. They represent some of the top talent on radio today. The combination of Entercom’s reach and GMR’s music is a huge win for our audience.”

Biden’s Immigration Policy, COVID-19, Cuomo Troubles, Georgia Voting Bill-Dem’s For the People Act, Suez Canal Blocked, Deadly Boulder Shooting/Gun Control, Biden Press Conference, and Chinese Cotton Controversy Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/24). The growing crush of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border and the Biden administration’s response; the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some U.S. states, concern about variants, and vaccine rollouts; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is accused of giving his family priority in COVID testing, he faces allegations of sexual harassment, and engineering a cover-up over nursing home COVID deaths in the state; the Georgia bill that would restrict voting and the House Democrats’ For the People voting expansion bill; the freighter creating a roadblock in the Suez Canal; the slaying of 10 at a grocery in Boulder, Colorado and the larger issue of gun control; today’s first live press conference for President Joe Biden; and the allegation that Xinjiang cotton is made in Chinese detention camps were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

| March 24, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| February 26, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 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 January 2021 sweep covered January 7 – February 3.

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

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

 

PORTLAND

 

News/Talk: KXL (4.8 – 6.2, +1.4, sixth to third, 6+) and KEX (3.8 – 3.6, -.2, #9 to #12, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KOPB (9.7 – 12.0, +2.3, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KOPB (9.7 – 12.0, +2.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KOPB (+2.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KKCW (-6.9)

 

CHARLOTTE

 

News/Talk: WBT (5.0 – 6.6, +1.6, fifth to third, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WFNZ (flat at 1.1, steady at #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WFAE (3.3 – 5.1, +1.8, tenth to sixth, 6+)

Number One 6+ (Tie): adult contemporary WKQC (15.6 – 7.3, -8.3, 6+) and country WSOC (6.4 – 7.3, +.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WFAE (+1.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WKQC (-8.3)

 

SAN ANTONIO

 

News/Talk: WOAI (6.8 – 7.0, +.2, third to second, 6+) and KTSA (1.7 – 2.0, +.3, #19 to #17, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KSTX (3.0 – 4.4, +1.4, #12 to #8, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (7.4 – 7.8, +.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country KCYY (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KQXT (-7.3)

 

SACRAMENTO

 

News/Talk: KFBK (7.8 – 10.2, +2.4, second to first, 6+) and KSTE (1.5 – 2.2, +.7, #14 to #13, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KXJZ (5.0 – 6.4, +1.4, fifth to second, 6+) and KQEI (.8 – .9, +.1, #21 to #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk KFBK (7.8 – 10.2, +2.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KFBK (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KYMX (-7.9)

 

PITTSBURGH

 

News/Talk: KDKA-AM (5.3 – 5.6, +.3, sixth to fifth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KDKA-FM (6.6 – 7.9, +1.3, fifth to fourth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WESA (3.7 – 4.4, +.7, unchanged at #9, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WWSW (13.3 – 10.1, -3.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: sports talk KDKA-FM (+1.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WSHH (-4.2)

 

SALT LAKE CITY

 

News/Talk: KNRS (6.0 – 7.9, +1.9, third to first, 6+) and KSL (6.1 – 7.0, +.9, steady at #2, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KUER (5.4 – 6.4, +1.0, fifth to fourth, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk KNRS (6.0 – 7.9, +1.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KNRS (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSFI (-11.5)

 

LAS VEGAS

 

News/Talk: KXNT (2.7 – 2.9, +.2, flat at #11, 6+) and KDWN (even at 2.0, #17 to #19, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KNPR (3.3 – 3.1, -.2, tenth to eighth, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary KSNE (14.2 – 8.1, -6.1, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: Spanish adult hits KWID (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSNE (-6.1)

 

ORLANDO

 

News/Talk: WTKS (3.9 – 6.1, +2.2, seventh to fourth, 6+); WDBO (2.7 – 3.2, +.5, #12 to #11, 6+); and WFLF (1.6 – 1.9, +.3, flat at #18, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WYGM (1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #16 to #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WMFE (3.5 – 4.9, +1.4, eighth to seventh, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WOCL (8.4 – 10.6, +2.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WTKS (+2.2) and classic hits-oldies WOCL (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMGF (-9.1)

 

CINCINNATI

 

News/Talk: WLW (7.4 – 7.9, +.5, third to second, 6+) and WKRC (5.4 – 5.8, +.4, fourth to sixth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WCKY (.9 – .8, -.1, flat at #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WVXU (3.2 – 3.9, +.7, tenth to ninth, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WGRR (7.8 – 9.1, +1.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: rhythmic hot AC WREW (+2.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRRM (-6.2)

 

CLEVELAND

 

News/Talk: WTAM (5.8 – 6.0, +.2, seventh to sixth, 6+) and WNIR (debuts with a .1, #20, 6+)

News: WMMS-HD2 (even at .1, #17 to #20, 6+)

Sports Talk: WKRK (3.9 – 4.3, +.4, #9 to #11, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WCPN (3.3 – 4.3, +1.0, steady at #10, 6+) and WKSU (flat at .6, #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WMJI (11.6 – 10.0, -1.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: hot AC WQAL (+1.5)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WDOK (-4.1)

 

KANSAS CITY

 

News/Talk: KMBZ-FM (4.8 – 5.1, +.3, seventh to sixth, 6+) and KMBZ-AM (1.7 – 1.5, -.2, #21 to #20, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WHB (2.5 – 3.0, +.5, #15 to #14, 6+) and KCSP (1.8 – 2.1, +.3, #18 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KCUR (5.2 – 6.1, +.9, sixth to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM (10.4 – 8.4, -2.0, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KCUR (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KCKC (-4.3)

 

COLUMBUS

 

News/Talk: WTVN (7.3 – 8.5, +1.2, second to fourth, 6+) and WHIO Stream (debuts with a .4, #15, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WBNS-FM (5.6 – 6.0, +.4, sixth to fifth, 6+) and WBNS-AM (.1 – .2, +.1, #16 to #17, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WOSU (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, third to first, 6+)

Number One 6+ (Tie): public radio news/talk WOSU (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, 6+); CHR WNCI (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, 6+); and country WCOL (6.4 – 8.6, +2.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country WCOL (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult hits WODC (-6.2)

 

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

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| February 24, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 2021 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Jose; and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 sweep covered January 7 – February 3.

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

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

NEW YORK

News/Talk: WOR (2.4 – 2.5, +.1, flat at #16, 6+)

News: WINS (3.6 – 4.0, +.4, seventh to eighth, 6+); WCBS-AM (2.7 – 2.9, +.2, steady at #12, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (2.2 – 2.8, +.6, #18 to #14, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (4.1 – 4.9, +.8, unchanged at #5, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary WLTW (12.8 – 6.5, -6.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (+.9); Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM (+.9); and Spanish contemporary WXNY (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-6.3)

 

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: KFI (4.7 – 5.0, +.3, steady at #3, 6+)

News: KNX (3.2 – 3.3, +.1, flat at #10, 6+)

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KPCC (2.7 – 3.6, +.9, #11 to #6, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary KOST (13.9 – 5.7, -8.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk: KPCC (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOST (-8.2)

 

CHICAGO

News/Talk: WGN (3.7 – 4.1, +.4, steady at #7, 6+); WLS-AM (1.7 – 1.9, +.2, unchanged at #18, 6+)

News: WBBM-AM & WCFS (6.8 – 7.3, +.5, third to first, 6+)

Sports Talk: WSCR (2.0 – 2.3, +.3, #16 to #13, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WBEZ (4.3 – 6.7, +2.4, fourth to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: news WBBM-AM & WCFS (6.8 – 7.3, +.5, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WBEZ (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLIT (-9.2)

 

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: KGO (1.6 – 2.0, +.4, #20 to #16, 6+)

News: KCBS-AM & KFRC (8.1 – 8.5, +.4, third to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: KNBR (3.4 – 3.5, +.1, fifth to sixth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED (9.0 – 10.9, +1.9, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED (9.0 – 10.9, +1.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KQED (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (-6.6)

 

DALLAS

News/Talk: WBAP (3.6 – 4.0, +.4, ninth to tenth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KTCK (2.6 – 3.6, +1.0, #16 to #11, 6+); KRLD-FM (2.4 – 1.8, -.6, #17 to #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KERA (3.0 – 3.4, +.4, #14 to #13, 6+)

Number One 6+: contemporary Christian KLTY (7.0 – 6.1, -.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country KSCS (+1.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KDGE (-4.8)

 

HOUSTON

News/Talk: KTRH (5.5 – 7.5, +2.0, fourth to first, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KUHF (1.4 – 2.7, +1.3, #21 to #16, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk: KTRH (5.5 – 7.5, +2.0, 6+); adult contemporary KODA (12.1 – 7.5, -4.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KTRH (+2.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KODA (-4.6)

 

ATLANTA

News/Talk: WSB-AM (9.0 – 11.8, +2.8, repeating at #1, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WZGC (4.1 – 3.8, -.3, steady at #8, 6+); WCNN (flat at 1.6, #21 to #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: news/talk WSB-AM (9.0 – 11.8, +2.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk WSB-AM (+2.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian WFSH (-1.8)

 

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: WPHT (1.8 – 2.2, +.4, #19 to #18, 6+); WKXW (2.0 – 1.8, -.2, #17 to #19, 6+)

News: KYW (5.4 – 6.4, +1.0, fifth to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: WIP (5.9 – 6.1, +.2, fourth to fifth, 6+); WPEN-FM (2.0 – 2.6, +.6, #17 to #15, 6+); WIP Stream unlisted in “Holiday” 2020, 1.6, debuts at #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY (4.6 – 6.3, +1.7, seventh to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban AC WDAS-FM (8.4 – 8.6, +.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WHYY (+1.7)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WBEB (-7.5)

 

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: WOR (4.4 – 4.1, -.3, sixth to seventh, 6+)

News: WCBS-AM (2.9 – 3.2, +.3, #12 to #11, 6+); WINS (2.6 – 3.1, +.5, #13 to #12, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (4.1 – 4.3, +.2, ninth to fourth, 6+); WFAN Stream (1.1 – 1.9, +.8, #23 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (2.0 – 3.1, +1.1, #18 to #12, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic rock WAXQ (4.7 – 5.1, +.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WNYC-FM (+1.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-4.2)

 

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: KFI (4.6 – 5.2, +.6, second, 6+)

News: KNX (unlisted in “Holiday” 2020, 1.3, debuts at #20, 6+)

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Spanish adult hits KLYY (6.0 – 6.9, +.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: rock KCAL-FM (+1.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOST (-5.6)

 

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: KGO (2.0 – 2.5, +.5, #12 to #11, 6+)

News: KCBS-AM & KFRC (5.6 – 6.8, +1.2, fourth to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: KNBR (2.3 – 2.5, +.2, #10 to #11, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED (10.4 – 12.8, +2.4, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED (10.4 – 12.8, +2.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KQED (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (-7.8)

 

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: WKXW (4.3 – 5.0, +.7, eighth to fifth, 6+)

News: WCBS-AM (2.4 – 2.7, +.3, steady at #14, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (2.0 – 2.7, +.7, #18 to #14, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (3.2 – 4.1, +.9, #11 to #6, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic rock WAXQ (8.3 – 8.9, +.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WNYC-FM (+.9); Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-6.5)

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

Thursday, February 4, 2021

| February 4, 2021

Round Four of Holiday 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from the fourth and final round of Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2020 PPM survey that covered the period of December 3 – January 6. The 2020 election aftermath created news and controversy that largely kept news/talk listeners tuned to their favorite stations during the month of December, a period that typically reflects lower 6+ weekly AQH share for talk stations due to Christmas music listening and altered listening habits due to the holiday season. Although Emmis Communications’ WIBC-FM, Indianapolis lost more than two full shares from the December to the Holiday surveys (10.0 – 7.6), it still finished as the #2 station in the market. In Milwaukee, iHeartMedia’s WISN-AM finished in the #3 spot on the strength of an 8.2 share and Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ-AM wrapped the Holiday survey with a 6.0 share good for the #4 rank. Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM, Providence dipped just one-tenth to a 5.4 share but rises to the #4 spot. Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM, Jacksonville slid from #1 to #2 after losing 1.6 shares to finish the month with an 8.4 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways report for this group of markets here.

Brian Mitchell and JP Finlay to Host Middays on WJFK-FM, Washington. On the heels of the promotion of Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier to the afternoon drive daypart, Entercom announces that Washington, DC sports media pros Brian Mitchell (right) and JP Finlay (left) are the new midday co-hosts. Mitchell – who played 10 of his 14 NFL seasons with the Washington Football Team – served for years as a host on Entercom’s recently acquired WTEM “980 The Team.” He also serves as an analyst on NBC Sports Washington’s Washington Football Team pre-game and post-game coverage. Finlay has been NBC Sports Washington’s Washington Football Team beat reporter since 2016, and created and hosted the “Washington Football Talk Podcast.” Entercom Washington SVP and market manager Ivy Savoy-Smith says, “Brian Mitchell and JP Finlay are two of the most high-profile, opinionated, and respected sports voices in the DC area. True friends off the air, ‘BMitch’ and JP’s show will feature natural chemistry, great sports information and opinion, and a lot of fun.”

New WTEM, Washington “980 The Team” Schedule Revealed. Concurrent with the story above regarding Brian Mitchell’s move to WJFK-FM, Entercom announces the new weekday program schedule for recently acquired sister sports talk station WTEM-AM “980 The Team” that goes into effect on Monday (2/8). Joining the station is Washington and Baltimore sports media pro Travis Thomas who will host the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon program. Thomas most recently hosted “DC Sports Live” and “Wizards Extra” on NBC Sports Washington, as well as a Saturday afternoon radio show on “106.7 The Fan.” Reese Waters is the new host of the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm program. He hosted “Get Up DC” for WUSA-TV since 2017 before transitioning to a new nightly show this month. He was previously a correspondent for ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and a host on the Versus network. For afternoon drive, market pros Chris Russell and Pete Medhurst join together for the “Russell and Medhurst” program. Russell has appeared in a variety of roles for “106.7 The Fan” and “980 The Team” since 2009 and is Sports Illustrated’s Washington Football Team correspondent. Medhurst joined “106.7 The Fan” as an update anchor in 2009 and has been the station’s primary fill-in host, Nationals post-game show host and fill-in play-by-play talent. Longtime market pro Kevin Sheehan remains in morning drive joined by a rotating cast of contributors.

Cumulus Media San Francisco Exec Doug Harvill to Retire. Radio executive Doug Harvill announces that he will retire from his vice president and market manager position with Cumulus Media’s San Francisco cluster – news/talk KGO-AM, news/talk KSFO-AM, sports talk KNBR-AM/FM, and classic rock KSAN-FM – on May 14. Harvill’s 46-year radio career includes spending the past 24 leading station groups in San Francisco and Sacramento. Harvill comments, “I’m leaving a wonderful and satisfying career in an industry I’ve wanted to be a part of since I was a kid. Local radio has been and continues to be a tremendous and enriching experience, but I’ve achieved my goals and exceeded my dreams. Whoever steps into the market manager role at Cumulus San Francisco is going to inherit a tremendous team of professionals and lead some of the most legendary radio stations in broadcast history.” Cumulus Media EVP of operations Dave Milner states, “Doug Harvill has had an amazing career in our industry and I was lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him these past three years. His talents run deep and he has helped so many grow and flourish in radio over the years. Congratulations, Doug – we wish you the very best in the next chapter of your life!”

Emmis Promotes James Connor to VP of Sales for Indianapolis. Rising to the vice president of sales position at Emmis Communications’ Indianapolis cluster is James Connor. He takes over for Taja Graham, who was elevated to market president last month. Connor will oversee sales efforts for news/talk WIBC-FM, sports talk WFNI-AM “The Fan,” plus adult contemporary WYXB “B105,” country WLHK “Hank FM,” and Network Indiana. Graham says, “We are fortunate to have James’ expertise as a GM with a track record of maintaining positive cash flow and delivering creative client solutions. James’ focus on details has helped us in the restructuring of our sales force and optimizing of our inventory, which has resulted in higher market share. He is a well-known and a well-respected figure in Indiana radio, and I’m thrilled he will be leading our sales efforts.” Connor spent 20 years in Terre Haute, leading the former Emmis stations there first in sales and then as general manager, before returning to Indianapolis in 2017 to continue with Emmis when the Terre Haute Emmis cluster was sold. He has been serving as general sales manager of the Indianapolis cluster and as general manager of Network Indiana since early 2017. He will retain the title of general manager for Network Indiana. He comments, “I’m excited to lead the most dedicated, talented sales team in Indiana radio. I have tremendous respect for Taja, who has positioned us for enduring success, and I know the transition will be seamless as we continue to grow our market share despite the global challenges the pandemic presents.”

Roe Conn and Richard Roeper Partner for New Podcast. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Roe Conn and Richard Roeper are getting back together to host a new podcast backed by the global digital agency AmericanEagle.com. That company recently built state-of-the-art studios at its world headquarters in suburban Des Plaines where the podcast will be recorded. The “Roe and Roeper” program will be produced twice weekly with new episodes on Tuesday and Thursday focusing on pop culture and current events. Feder quotes Roeper saying, “We’ll have new shows covering pop culture, movies, TV, streaming shows, sports, and interviews with major filmmakers and actors every Tuesday and Thursday, with the goal of expanding to a daily podcast later in 2021.” The two first teamed up together co-hosting afternoon drive at WLS-AM, Chicago in 2010. Conn recently exited Nexstar Media’s WGN-AM after a five-year stint. Roeper is a long-time film critic for the Sun-Times and contributes to WLS-TV. AmericanEagle.com CEO Tony Svanascini says, “It’s fitting a long-time client like Richard Roeper is part of the first podcast launched from AmericanEagle.com Studios. He and Roe Conn are true talents that will bring their unique sense of humor and wit to what I’m sure will be an extremely popular podcast.”

TALKERS News Notes. Former KTCK-AM/FM, Dallas “The Ticket” personality Mike Rhyner is moving into the video streaming space via VOKAL Media Inc where he’ll host a program called “Your Dark Companion.” VOKAL says, “This weekly series features Rhyner’s musings and tales covering a wide range of topics and a variety of guests including Rangers general manager Chris Young and Dallas Morning News reporter David Moore, to name a few.” Rhyner says, “‘Your Dark Companion’ is a show I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. Streaming is the wave of the future, so when I saw the technology that VOKAL has developed I knew this is what I wanted to do. I look forward to engaging with my audience again and working with the great team at VOKAL.” The first episode premieres on February 11 at 5:00 pm CT…..iHeartMedia and the Clinton Foundation announce a new podcast hosted by President Bill Clinton titled, “Why Am I Telling You This? with Bill Clinton.” The first episode, “How Jazz Explains Democracy” with guest Wynton Marsalis, drops today (2/4). iHeartMedia says each episode will feature Clinton’s “wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity through conversations and stories with some of the most interesting people he knows about the ideas and issues that shape our interconnected world.”…..ESPN is reporting that its podcasts experienced strong growth in 2020, with downloads growing 28% to nearly half a billion. ESPN senior director, digital audio programming Pete Gianesini says, “It was another big year for ESPN Podcasts, yet another with new records and offerings. As sports return to their customary place on the calendar, we expect our momentum to continue.”…..Condolences to the family and friends of longtime Cleveland sports media personality Les Levine, who passed away recently at the age of 74 after complications from diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease. Levine began his sports media work handling play-by-play at WHK, Akron. He later started hosting his own sports talk show on WTAM-AM (then WWWE) following Ohio State games and Indians ballgames. Later he developed the “More Sports & Les Levine” program that was heard on WERE and WHK. The program later moved to local television. Most recently, Levine was hosting his program on Cleveland.com and was handling fill-in work at Entercom’s sports talk WKRK-FM “92.3 The Fan.”

THE ABCs of GAMESTOP MADNESS: Cybercrime Expert Steve Weisman Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. Law professor Steve Weisman of Bentley University in Boston, founder of the groundbreaking website Scamicide.com, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Harrison and Weisman provide a basic overview of the situation that led up to the events last week that rocked Wall Street by exposing just how vulnerable the stock market is to the manipulation of bad actors on social media, shady rigging by the big players, and the stark shortcomings of algorithms that dominate the second-to-second decisions that drive prices up and down – often without any regard for the actual value of companies based on their actual merits. According to Weisman, this is a very dangerous set of circumstances that threatens to create a disastrous situation potentially worse than the events of 2008. Harrison states, “I am not an expert on the stock market, and I suspect by the way that this story is being covered in the media that most reporters, commentators, and talk show hosts aren’t either. Nor am I a big fan of investing in markets I don’t reasonably understand, and I am even more averse to the idea of gambling – which I suspect is the basis of much of today’s Wall Street trading on the part of small, individual investors. So I turned to one of my most valued resources and go-to guys in the media – respected attorney Steve Weisman – for a point-by-point explanation about just what the hell is going on regarding this story and its meaning to our nation’s wealth, economy, and financial stability… not to mention what it says about the state of our values and ethics.” 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.

Biden-GOP Stimulus Negotiations, Trump Impeachment, Capitol Insurrection Investigation, COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, GOP on Cheney and Greene, Social Media and Censorship, Deadly Florida FBI Raid, Putin Jailing Critics/Navalny Sentenced, Morgan Wallen Dropped by Label & Radio Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/3). The negotiations between the Joe Biden administration and GOP leadership over a new stimulus package; the looming Donald Trump impeachment trial; the investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol; the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. and the rollout of the vaccines; Republican leadership in Congress deals with the attacks on Senator Liz Cheney and the conspiracy theories of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene; complaints from conservatives that they are being censored by Big Tech; the deaths of two FBI agents and wounding of three others in a Florida investigation into child porn; Vladimir Putin increases the arrests of his critics and Alexei Navalny is sentenced to two years in prison; and country artist Morgan Wallen is dropped by his record label and many U.S. radio stations for a racial slur incident were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

“Holiday” 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| February 3, 2021

“Holiday” 2020 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2020 ratings period has been released for San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Austin; Cleveland; Kansas City; Columbus; and San Jose.

Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2020 sweep covered December 3 (2020) – January 6 (2021), the day of domestic terrorism at the Capitol Building.

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

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

| February 2, 2021

iHeartMedia Launched ‘Business 99.1 FM’ in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake City market now has a full-time business talk station as iHeartMedia begins simulcasting “Business 99.1 FM” on KJMY-HD2/K256AE using content from Bloomberg Radio. iHeartMedia Salt Lake City says, “‘Business 99.1 FM’ will feature ‘Bloomberg Daybreak’ and ‘Bloomberg Businessweek’ to keep listeners informed on national and global economic climates as well as notable Bloomberg hosts including Lisa Abramowicz, Jonathan Ferro, and Carol Massar. The station will also provide in-depth interviews with some of the world’s most successful business executives and analysts.” iHM Salt Lake City market president Stu Stanek adds, “Because market news from across the world can impact our Utah economy, we are proud to offer content and analysis to help keep investors and business owners informed. Partnering with Bloomberg Radio, a leader in business and financial news, makes for the perfect formula in building a great audience for our advertisers.”

Round Two of Holiday 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from the second round of Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2020 PPM survey that covered the period of December 3 – January 6. Traditionally, the Holiday PPM survey reveals a significant drop off in listening for news/talk and all-news stations due to altered listening habits during the holiday season. This year, due to the post-election chaos, many news/talk stations either didn’t see a dramatic drop in weekly, AQH share or even saw an increase. In Detroit, Cumulus Media’s news/talk WJR-AM dipped just four-tenths to a 4.2 share and the #9 rank. Entercom’s WCCO-AM, Minneapolis added five-tenths to finish with a 5.2 share good for the #5 rank. In San Diego, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KOGO was up two-tenths to wrap the survey with a 5.1 share and climbs from #6 to #4. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways report for this round of markets here

The Trevor Carey Show Returns to KFIV, Modesto for Afternoon Drive. Joining iHeartMedia’s KFIV, Modesto “PowerTalk 1360” is Trevor Carey, who is hosting the 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm slot in afternoon drive. Carey served as a host on the station in 2015-16 and the station says Carey will interview “a variety of well-known national guests including the movers and shakers from Sacramento, Fresno, and the entire San Joaquin Valley.” On his return to the station, Carey says, “It’s great to be back on KFIV to reconnect with all my listeners in the Modesto area. They are some of the most politically active people in the state, and if I may say, GREAT CALLERS! I’m energized to bring my message back to these fine folks.”

SiriusXM Reports 2020 Q4 and 2020 Full Year Financial Statements. While SiriusXM reports revenue of $2.19 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020, it also is reporting a loss of $677 million for the quarter, compared to the income of $243 million it reported in the fourth quarter of 2019. For the whole of 2020, revenue was $8.04 billion, an increase of 3% over 2019. SiriusXM reports income of $131 million for 2020 compared to income of $914 million reported for all of 2019. The company says the decrease in net income was a result of a $976 million non-cash impairment charge associated with Pandora. SiriusXM CEO Jennifer Witz says, “SiriusXM turned in strong operating and financial results in 2020: we grew SiriusXM self-pay subscribers, revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow despite the pandemic. Our new car penetration reached approximately 80% in the fourth quarter and is set to rise above 80% this year, and the incorporation of 360L, our next generation in-car entertainment platform, is accelerating. SiriusXM, Pandora, and Stitcher, together with our investment in SoundCloud, now reach an audience of more than 150 million people. We are bolstering our position as North America’s leading audio entertainment company with new innovative talk shows and podcasts, streaming music channels targeting younger audiences, and extended deals with major media brands, such as NBCUniversal News Group.  We signed an exclusive audio agreement with The Masters and secured additional digital sports rights with the NFL and NBA to benefit our streaming products. We are also thrilled Howard Stern extended his agreement to continue live broadcasts of his amazing show.”

Connecting Communities Through Radio. This Saturday evening (2/6), Boston public radio station WGBH and The Huntington Theatre Company are presenting a radio broadcast of the play Tiger Style! by Mike Lew. WGBH general manager for news Pam Johnston says, “The pandemic has challenged us to find new ways to build community and connections. Although this often means gathering in digital spaces, radio has emerged as a vital player in the local community, with the power to connect audiences around a shared experience.” The station is partnering with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association for a “tune in and take out” campaign encouraging listeners to order take out from their favorite restaurant to eat while they enjoy the production. Read more here.

TALKERS News Notes. There are a number of staff additions at Skyview Networks as Kristin Krahl is named director of network sales, Nicholas Maniscalo and Hailey Hole become managers of traffic audio, Chuck Rowe and Julie Whitlow join as managers of production services, Lani Martinez becomes manager of business analytics and executive services, and Thor Black is appointed associate of research. Additionally, the company retains the services of Ron Rivlin and Chris Martinez for affiliate sales and Raul “Rico” Colindres as vice president of content development and syndication…..Hubbard Radio’s WTOP News and PodcastOne announce the return of the award-winning podcast, “American Nightmare Series.” The new season titled, “American Nightmare Series: Murder in a Safe Place,” debuts on February 22 and focuses on a cold case that has haunted the D.C. region for over 23 years – the brutal rape and murder of 50-year-old nurse Sherry Crandell inside the hospital where she worked. Veteran D.C. crime reporter Paul Wagner hosts the podcast in which he speaks with Crandell’s children, former colleagues, and the detective who has been in charge of this case since the beginning. Wagner also brings to light evidence that has never been made public before this podcast…..iHeartMedia partners with Propagate Content and Brian Baumgartner, the actor behind The Office’s Kevin Malone, to co-produce the new podcast, “The Office DeepDive with Brian Baumgartner.” Each week, Baumgartner will be joined by his former coworkers and pals, including: Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, and writer, director & creator Greg Daniels…..SiriusXM is celebrating Black History Month via programming on its talk and comedy channels. SiriusXM Urban View will feature specials including Joe Madison hosting a virtual event with the Ford Men of Courage National Leadership Forum in partnership with Morehouse College. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor, publisher, and SiriusXM host Karen Hunter will feature an original content series, “Black History Changemakers,” weekdays this month showcasing Black heroes and hidden figures in history, science, law, banking, politics, sports, TV, film, music, and more. This special daily segment can be heard on “The Karen Hunter Show.”…..Public radio news/talk WNYC, New York announces that Michael Hill is named the new voice of “Morning Edition.” He was most recently with New Jersey PBS station NJTV/NJ Spotlight News where he has worked as anchor, correspondent, and multimedia journalist since 2014. WNYC also announces that Sean Carlson moves from interim to permanent host of “All Things Considered” on the station. He takes over for Jami Floyd, who left the role to lead the company’s new Race & Justice unit…..Radio America announces that the Chad Benson Show adds new affiliate WSKY-FM, Gainesville, Florida which is airing the program from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

COVID-19/Vaccine Rollout, Biden and GOP COVID Stimulus Deals, Trump Impeachment, GOP Election Deniers/‘Country First’ Drive, GameStop Trading/Financial Markets Activity, and Myanmar Coup Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/1). The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the death toll and the rollout of the vaccines; the negotiating in Washington between the Biden and GOP COVID stimulus deals; the February 9 impeachment of Donald Trump; the Republican election deniers and the “Country First” move being launched by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger; the Reddit crowd trading of GameStop, AMC and silver, and the world’s financial markets activity; and the Biden administration’s response to the Myanmar military coup were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

| December 3, 2020

PPM Analysis: All-News. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2020 PPM survey, today focusing on the all-news format. Comparing the October 2020 survey to the November 2020 survey (10/8-11/4), 50% of all-news stations saw their weekly, 6+ AQH share go up while 28% were down and 22% were unchanged. Gainers were led by Entercom’s WWJ-AM, Detroit (+0.6) and KCBS-AM/KFRC-FM, San Jose (+0.5). Comparing year-over-year data, 63% of all-news stations were up with gainers led by iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (+2.2) and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KOMO-AM/FM, Seattle (+2.0). During the November ratings period, two all-news stations ranked #1 in their respective markets: Hubbard Radio’s WTOP-FM, Washington with a 9.3 share and WBZ-AM, Boston with a 7.0 share. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete analysis here.

John Kincade Named New Morning Host at WPEN-FM, Philadephia. As a number of Philadelphia radio watchers had predicted, Beasley Media Group brings sports talker John Kincade back to Philadelphia to take over hosting duties at WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic,” effective January 4. Kincade was a longtime host of the “Buck and Kincade” show (with Buck Belue) on Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN-AM, Atlanta “680 The Fan.” He exited that role back in September as part of a budget-related talent shakeup at the station. He has also served as co-host of “The BIG Podcast with SHAQ” on PodcastOne. WPEN-FM program director Chuck Damico says, “We have a very clear vision for what we want to accomplish at the station and adding John Kincade is a giant leap towards accomplishing those goals. Our team is thrilled that he chose ‘97.5 The Fanatic’ for his homecoming to Philadelphia. We’re excited about the future!” Kincade says, “From the beginning of my search for a new radio home, my conversations with [market manager] Joe Bell and Chuck Damico were the most enthusiastic and interesting. It became clear to me that joining the team at ‘The Fanatic’ was the best place for me to start this next chapter. With guys I have long respected like Mike Missanelli and Anthony Gargano already there, I knew it would be an honor to join their team.”

Former NFLer Geoff Schwartz Joins FOX Sports Radio. Former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz becomes part of the weekend lineup at FOX Sports Radio where he joins FSR personality Steve Hartman as co-host of the Saturday afternoon program (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET). The program debuts on Saturday (12/5) on 400 stations and includes highlights and instant analysis on the weekend in games plus conversations with insiders and experts. Schwartz has served as one of the primary fill-in hosts for FSR’s “Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis” for the past three years and is a weekly guest on the show. Premiere Networks SVP of sports programming Don Martin says, “Building on what’s already the strongest weekend lineup in the game, Geoff’s entertaining and thoughtful approach takes it up yet another notch. FSR’s talented weekend cast is here to deliver exactly what sports fans want before, during and after games.”

WEEI-FM, Boston Raises $1.5 Million for Jimmy Fund. The COVID-19 pandemic put the kibosh on the annual Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon that takes place every August, so this year Entercom sports talk outlet WEEI-FM, Boston used the national “Giving Tuesday” (the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving) to help raise more than $1.5 million for The Jimmy Fund that directly supports innovative cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and helps transform cancer treatment, so patients and their families can spend more time together. Since 2002, WEEI has helped raise nearly $60 million for The Jimmy Fund. Entercom Boston regional president and market manager Mark Hannon says, “This was the first time in 19 years we were unable to hold our annual ‘Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon,’ but this broadcast allowed us to continue supporting the fund’s lifesaving mission to provide compassionate patient care and groundbreaking cancer research for children and adults. I’m very grateful for the widespread support from our listeners and some of New England’s biggest stars to help make this radiothon a success.”

COVID-19 Stats/Vaccines, Biden Transition/Trump Tactics, Georgia Runoff Elections, UN Climate Report, the Economy/New Stimulus Negotiations, and NFL’s COVID Cases Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/2). The fast-rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the climbing death toll, and the rollout of vaccines in the U.K. and Russia; the Joe Biden administration transition process and Donald Trump’s ongoing statements calling the election results into question; the January runoff elections for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats; the dire tone of the new UN Climate Report; the state of the U.S. economy and current negotiations for a new COVID relief deal; and the NFL’s handling of positive COVID cases as the season moves toward the playoffs were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Progressive Political Talker and Multi-platform Groundbreaker Stephanie Miller Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  One of the longest-running leaders among the relatively rare species of commercial news/talk radio progressives, Stephanie Miller is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Miller’s daily morning ensemble program, now in the middle of its second decade, has developed a large, active, and extremely loyal national audience through a cross-platform array of venues that includes terrestrial radio, SiriusXM Satellite RadioFree Speech TV, podcasts, and online streaming. During the past several years, this three-decade-plus veteran of talk radio has enjoyed groundbreaking success in bringing her “Sexy Liberal Tour” – a theatrical version of her ensemble radio show – to sold out houses at some of the most prestigious theaters in America. Since that got sidelined in early 2020 by COVID-19, she and her business partner Ron Hartenbaum have successfully morphed it into the “Sexy Liberal Virtual Tour” that has been drawing in gigantic monthly audiences anxious to see and follow what has become a rising force in online political sketch comedy. Ironically, Miller comes to the Left from the Right. She is the daughter of William MillerBarry Goldwater’s 1964 Republican presidential running mate. In a fast-paced, candid, and informal conversation between longtime friends, Harrison and Miller discuss the “survival mode” state of progressive news/talk radio, non-traditional methods of generating broadcasting revenue, the evolution of her successful theatrical (and now online) “Sexy Liberal” offshoot, and her no-holds-barred take on today’s explosive presidential politics. Not to be missed! 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. At  Entercom’a hip hop WVEE, Atlanta “V-103,” air personalities Tylerchronicles and Christina “Ms. Basketball” Granville join “The Morning Culture with Big Tigger” that airs from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Entercom Atlanta SVP and market manager Rick Caffey says, “Adding Tylerchronicles and Christina ‘Ms. Basketball’ Granville will not only round out our widely popular morning program, but further establish ‘V-103’ as the people’s station throughout Atlanta. Both possess a unique talent for captivating and entertaining their audiences, and I look forward to introducing them to our listeners as part of their morning routines.”…..Eagle Communications closes on the acquisition of country KZTL-FM, Paxton and rock KRNP, Sutherland – both in Nebraska – from Legacy Communications. KALIL & CO., INC. was the exclusive broker for this transaction.

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