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September 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| October 1, 2020

September 2020 PPM Data. Information for the September 2020 ratings period has been released for Washington (DC), Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s September 2020 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word formats from these 12 PPM-markets.

Please Note: Given that the NFL season started September 10 – one day after the September 2020 sweep ended – there are no NFL flagship designations.

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk

  • Despite picking up one-tenth (7.9 – 8.0, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WMAL shifts from second to third. WMAL set the pace four successive months (April through July), before faltering by one-half share in August. Just prior to the May sweep, WMAL doubled (+5.0) its 6+ AQH share through four straight positive spikes (5.0 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 10.0, 6+). April’s 10.0 marked the first time in WMAL’s PPM-history that it reached double-digits (6+).
  • For the 27th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

Sports Talk

  • A combined +1.1 in July/August (1.3 – 1.6 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” (Washington Nationals) sputters by three-tenths to 2.1 (6+) but repeats at #16. Its 4.8 (November 2019) is the loftiest 6+-stat by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era.
  • WJFK-FM’s internet stream is trending: .2 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 (May 2020 through September 2020, flat at #27, 6+).
  • Through four successive sweeps without an increase, Radio One’s WTEM “980 The Team” has lost four-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .7, #21 to #22, 6+). “The Team” previously gained four-tenths via three up or flat moves in a row (.7 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+).
  • This is the fifth successive report in which Cumulus Media’s WSBN “630 AM The Sports Capitol” has logged a .1 (flat at #31, 6+).

 News

  • Not only does Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM stack a +1.0 onto August’s +.8 (7.7 – 8.5 – 9.5, 6+), “Washington’s Top News” repeats at #1. Prior to taking the lead in August, WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM spent three consecutive months occupying the runner-up slot. This (9.5) is the first time the combo has reached the nine-share level (6+) since March 2019 (9.7).
  • Locked on .5 (6+) in May and June and then on .7 (6+) in July and August, Entercom business news WDCH “Bloomberg1 & 105.7” drops to .4 (#22 to #26, 6+).
  • Following a .2 (6+) in June and July, the internet stream of WDCH is unlisted the second month in a row.
  • Similarly, Black Information Network affiliates WUST and WMZQ-HD2 do not appear in print this month.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • On the heels of August’s +.6 to 7.3 (6+), American University-owned WAMU falters by nine-tenths (6.4, third to fourth, 6+). Entering the August sweep, “The Mind Is Our Medium” was an overall -2.1 via four straight down or flat trends (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.4 – 6.8 – 6.6, 6+). In a first-place tie with Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM in February, WAMU took sole possession of the lead in March.
  • Pacifica Foundation’s WPFW is trending: .9 – .6 – .5 – .6 – .5 (May – June – July – August – September, #25 to #24, 6+).

BOSTON

 News/Talk

  • Four setbacks in a row by iHeartMedia-owned WRKO led to a -1.4 (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+), but “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” responds with a robust +1.0 to 4.9 (6+) and continues in eighth-place. Just prior, four successive sweeps without a loss garnered a +2.5 (2.8 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 5.3, 6+).
  • Co-owned WXKS-AM has lost seven-tenths in four straight declines (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .5 – .4, 6+). “Talk 1200” had nearly doubled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in April/May (.6 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • The flagship of the Celtics and Bruins Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM records its third straight spike for a collective +1.5 (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+) as “98.5 The Sports Hub” climbs from seventh to sixth. This (5.4) is WBZ-FM’s best 6+-stat since March (5.8).
  • Unchanged at #12, Entercom’s WEEI-FM (Boston Red Sox) logs a 2.6 (6+) the third ratings period in succession. Before gaining one-tenth in July, WEEI-FM was an overall -1.7 in four consecutive downturns (4.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+).
  • After notching a .2 (6+) the past three sweeps, WEEI-FM’s internet stream drops one-tenth to .1 (#30 to #32, 6+).
  • This is the fourth month in a row that co-owned WEEI-AM is unlisted.
  • Providence sibling WVEI logs a .1 (6+) the fourth consecutive report and is tied with WEEI-FM’s internet stream at #32.

News

  • For the sixth time in the last seven reports – including September’s loss of one-half share – iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” notches a 6+-share within 6.1 – 6.7 range (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 6.6 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.1, third to fifth, 6+). WBZ-AM was off one-half share in April/May (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+).
  • After posting a .1 (6+) the past four months, Beasley Media Group business news WRCA “Bloomberg Boston” adds one-tenth to .2 (#33 to #31, 6+).
  • As was the case this time last month, Black Information Network affiliate WJMN-HD2 does not appear in print (September 2020).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Albeit flat at 3.4 (6+), Boston University’s WBUR climbs from tenth to ninth. In four straight down or flat trends, WBUR lost a collective half-share (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+).
  • Four decreases in succession by WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH have accounted for a -2.3 (4.6 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, #12 to #16, 6+). This follows three straight improvements that netted a +1.7 (2.9 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+), 6+).
  • Co-owned WCAI is unlisted the fourth time in a row.

MIAMI

News/Talk

  • Without a loss the third time in a row for a net gain of four-tenths (7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” reenters the top twenty (#21 to #20).

Sports Talk

  • Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” repeats August’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.7, #26, 6+). July 2020’s .6 was its lowest 6+-stat since July 2019 (.6, as well).
  • Co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat), which was without an increase three straight months for a net loss of three-tenths (.5 – .4 -.2 – .2, 6+), doubles August’s .2 to .4 (#29 to #27, 6+).
  • Locked on .1 (6+) in July and August, iHeartMedia’s WINZ “940 AM Miami’s Sports Station” (Marlins) improves to .2 (#31 to #30, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, Entercom-owned WKIS-HD2 does not appear in print the fourth month in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Not only does Dade County School Board’s WLRN add four-tenths to August’s increase of two-tenths (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7, 6+), it enters the top ten (#11 to #8). WLRN had lost an overall six-tenths in four consecutive slips (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+).

SEATTLE

News/Talk

  • Following six successive sweeps at #1, Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM segues to the runner-up slot. Furthermore, “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” is down or flat the fourth report in succession for a net loss of eight-tenths (7.2 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+). This directly follows a collective +2.4 via three straight bumps (4.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.2, 6+).
  • In an alternating down/up sequence that includes September’s gain of one-tenth (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.5 (June – July – August – September, 6+), cluster-mate KTTH advances to #16. “Conservative Talk Radio” had been anchored at #19 the past four Before dropping three-tenths in May, KTTH was +1.2 via five consecutive up or flat moves (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+).
  •  This is the sixth straight month that Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI is unlisted. In March, “Talk Radio 570” posted a 1.1 (#22, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Despite dropping three-tenths to 2.2 (6+), Bonneville’s KIRO-AM (Mariners) advances from #21 to #20. “ESPN 710” was a combined +1.0 in July/August (1.5 – 1.6 – 2.5, 6+).
  • Up two-tenths to 1.2 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM is steady at #24. “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” had logged a 1.0 (6+) in three of the last four reports (1.0 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+).
  • Stuck on .3 (6+) in May and June, co-owned KFNQ “1090 AM” is now locked on .2 (6+) the third consecutive month (flat at #30).

 News

  • Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KOMO dropped one-half share in April and again in May (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+); gained one-half share in June/July (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+); forfeited one-half share in August (4.9 – 4.4, 6+); and rebounds with a September +.6 (5.0, seventh to fifth, 6+).
  • After logging a .1 (6+) in June, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KHHO is unlisted the third month in a row.
  • Meanwhile, this is the fourth consecutive report that Hubbard Broadcasting business news KKNW does not appear in print.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • After slipping one-tenth in August (5.4 – 5.3, 6+), Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW answers with a September improvement of one-half share (5.8, fifth to fourth, 6+). Off nine-tenths in April/May (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+), KUOW gained eight-tenths in June/July (4.6 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+).
  • Following four straight months of logging a .1 (6+), Washington State University-owned KSWS is unlisted in September.

DETROIT

 News/Talk

  •  Progressing from #14 to #12, Cumulus Media’s WJR picks up tenths in back-to-back reports (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+). “News Talk 760” was +3.2 through four successive improvements (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 4.8, 6+) and then a collective -1.4 via three straight sweeps without an increase (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Surrendering six-tenths from July/August’s +1.7 (3.6 – 4.1 – 5.3, 6+), Entercom-owned WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings) falls from third to seventh (4.7, 6+). Its half-share July gain suspended three straight drops that accounted for a -1.2 (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+).
  • Off three-tenths (.4 – .1, 6+), WXYT-FM’s internet stream slumps from #23 to #26.
  • Cluster-mate WXYT-AM is trending: .1 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .2 (May 2020 through September 2020, #25 to #23, 6+).

 News

  • A combined -1.0 in August/September (5.5 – 5.3 – 4.5, 6+), co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950” drifts from third to tenth. WWJ previously was a collective +2.5 through four successive positive spikes (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+). This (4.5) is its lowest 6+-stat since January (4.3).
  • In each of the last four survey periods, WDFN recorded a .2 (6+), but the iHeartMedia outlet/Black Information Network affiliate is unlisted in September.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Down or flat the past four times for a net loss of -1.0 (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+), Wayne State University-owned WDET obliterates the entire shortfall with a +1.0 to 3.0 (#20 to #18, 6+). In five successive increases, WDET more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.0, 6+).
  • Up or (mostly) flat the fourth straight time for a net increase of one-tenth (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), Michigan Public Media’s WUOM carries on at #21. WUOM was off seven-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+).

PHOENIX

 News/Talk

  • Regaining the one-tenth it lost this time last month (4.4 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” advances from seventh to sixth. Immediately prior to June’s -.7, KFYI nearly doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share in seven up or flat reports in succession (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+).
  • Three straight up or flat moves by Bonneville’s KTAR-FM yielded two-tenths (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+), but the streak concludes with a one-half share loss to 4.3 (fifth to seventh, 6+). KTAR-FM was a combined +2.3 in March/April (3.8 – 4.6 – 6.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • In addition to gaining four-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.4, 6+), Bonneville-owned KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” cracks the top twenty (#21 to #20, 6+). The flagship of the Arizona Diamondbacks was a combined -.6 in June/July (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+).
  • This is the fifth consecutive time that iHeartMedia’s KGME “Fox Sports 910” (Coyotes) records a .2 (flat at #31, 6+), and fifth month in a row that Hubbard Broadcasting’s KDUS “Sports AM 1060” logs a .1 (#33 to #32, 6+).
  •  KDUS is tied with Bonneville’s KTAR-AM, which is trending .1 – .2 – .1 (#31 to #32, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A loss of nine-tenths to 3.0 (6+) has Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ fading from the top ten (#10 to #15). In eight of the previous nine survey periods, KJZZ notched a 6+ AQH share between 3.4 – 3.8 (3.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+).

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk

  • Piling a robust nine-tenths onto August’s +.3 (4.3 – 4.6 – 5.5, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” leaps from tenth to sixth. The key station of the Twins and Timberwolves was a combined -1.3 in June/July (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.3, 6+) and an overall +2.0 as a result of three straight up or flat trends (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+).
  • It is a repeat of (6+) August stats for iHeartMedia’s KTLK (3.0, #14, 6+). Entering the August report, “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” recorded a fluctuation of one-tenth four sweeps in a row (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+) and then notched a +.4 to 3.0 (6+).
  • Immediately after gaining a collective four-tenths in July/August (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” is off two-tenths to 2.1 (6+) and is unchanged at #16.

Sports Talk

  • Forfeiting half of its August increase of six-tenths (5.6 – 5.3, -.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN remains in seventh-place. “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” surrendered nine-tenths in June/July (5.9 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+), following a May increase of four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9, 6+).
  • Via three straight up or flat trends, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP-AM doubles (+.2) its 6+ AQH share (.2 – .3 – .3 – .4, 6+) and remains at #24. Entering the July sweep, “ESPN 1500” had been without an increase the previous five survey periods for a net loss of six-tenths or 75% of its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .2, 6+).

News

  • In July, iHeartMedia’s KQQL-HD2 notched a .2 (#25, 6+); was unlisted in August; but the Black Information Network affiliate resurfaces in September with a .1 (#27, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three straight up or flat moves by Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW yielded six-tenths (6.6 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.2, 6+), but it dips one-tenth to 7.1 (flat at #2, 6+). KNOW was -1.6 in May (8.2 – 6.6, 6+).

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk

  • Albeit down or flat the fifth month in a row for a net loss of -2.2 (6.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” proceeds from seventh to fifth. Entering the May sweep, KOGO was a collective +2.8 via three straight bumps (3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+).
  • An improvement of two-tenths is sufficient for co-owned KGB-AM (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM) to jump back onto the top twenty (#22 to #18, 6+). “AM 760” continues its alternating down/up sequence (2.1 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 2.2, 6+).
  • Down four-tenths (2.4 – 2.0, 6+), Los Angeles sibling KFI falls from #17 to #20. Prior to gaining two-tenths this time last month, “AM 640” was -1.0 in three successive San Diego drops (3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.2, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Winning ways continue for Entercom’s KWFN “97.3 The Fan” (Padres), which is a collective +1.8 through five consecutive reports without a loss (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+) and advances from #16 to #14.
  • This is the third time in a row that iHeartMedia-owned KLSD has a fluctuation of one-tenth (.7 – .8 – .9 – .8, flat at #24, 6+). “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” had lost eight-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .7, 6+).

News

  • Co-owned Black Information Network affiliate KSSX-HD2 is unlisted the second time in a row.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Tied for the top spot in July and in sole possession of the lead in August, San Diego State University-owned KPBS sputters by three-tenths to 6.1 (6+) and shifts to third-place. Its recent moves include: -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, May, 6+); -1.6 (7.1 – 5.5, June, 6+); and +.8 (5.5 – 6.3, July, 6+). Just prior, four increases in a row yielded a +3.7 (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 8.5, 6+).     

TAMPA

News/Talk

  • There seems to be no stopping Cox Media Group-owned WHPT, which nets a +1.9 in four consecutive up or flat trends (2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 4.6, 6+); “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” rockets into the top five (#14 to #5).
  • Meanwhile, its internet stream – which was a combined +1.6 in July/August (.8 – 1.5 – 2.4, #19, 6+) – is unlisted in September.
  • Without an increase the past four sweeps for an overall -1.7 (4.6 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” answers with a gain of six-tenths to 3.5 (#17 to #14, 6+).
  • Co-owned WHNZ “1250 Tampa Bay’s Impact Radio,” which was down three-tenths in July/August (.4 – .2 – .1, 6+), adds one-tenth to .2 (#33 to #30, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Staying even at 1.8 (6+), after August’s +.6, iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” progresses from #20 to #19. The Rays’ flagship had faltered by seven-tenths through four drops in a row (1.9 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+).

News

  • In four straight reports without a loss, Beasley Media Group business news WHFS has gained two-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .3 – .3, #26 to #27, 6+).
  • For the second report in a row, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WBTP-HD2 is unlisted.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Down or flat the past five reports for a -1.2 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), University of South Florida-owned WUSF erases two-thirds of that deficit with a +.8 to 3.7 (6+), leaping from #17 to #12. WUSF was an overall +2.4 in eight consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 4.1, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through September 2020 topline for its internet stream is: .4 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 (#26 to #27, 6+).

DENVER

 News/Talk

  • Down one-tenth to 4.2 (6+), iHeartMedia’s KDFD stays put at #8. “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” gained one-half share in July/August (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+).
  • Following an August increase of four-tenths (1.7 – 2.1, 6+), cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Rockies) forfeits two-tenths (1.9, #18 to #19, 6+).
  • Co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” notches its fourth straight positive or neutral move and is up one-half share in that stretch (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6, #22 to #21, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • After dropping by -1.3 in June/July (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) rebounds with a combined +.6 in August/September (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.4, #20 to #17, 6+).
  • Adding three-tenths to August’s increase of two-tenths (.3 – .5 – .8, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned KKSE-FM climbs from #30 to #29. “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” lost half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share in June/July (.6 – .4 – .3, 6+).
  • Bonneville’s KEPN-AM “ESPN Denver 1600 AM,” which logged a .1 (6+) the past three sweeps, gains one-tenth to .2 (#32 to #31, 6+).
  • For the fourth time in a row, KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-AM records a .1 (#32 to #33, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Roaring back from July/August’s -.3 (5.8 – 5.6 – 5.5, 6+) with a whopping +1.2 to 6.7 (6+), Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR marches from second to first. KCFR was +2.6 in March/April (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.8, 6+) but then -2.1 in May (7.8 – 5.7, 6+).
  • Progressing from #28 to #26, Community Radio for Northern Colorado’s KUNC nets four-tenths in three straight reports without a loss (.6 – .6 – .8 – 1.0, 6+).

BALTIMORE

News/Talk

  • Independent WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” logs its third straight bump for a collective +1.9 (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.2, seventh to sixth, 6+). WCBM was +1.8 via four straight increases (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), but then -.8 in May/June (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+).
  • Off one-tenth (4.4 – 4.3, 6+), Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” falls from seventh to ninth. Its August increase of three-tenths suspended three drops in a row that led to an overall -1.9 (6.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+). That streak directly followed ten successive upticks that produced a +4.2 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.1 – 6.0, 6+).
  • In three up or flat moves in succession, Cumulus Media Washington, DC’s WMAL nets three-tenths (.4 – .4 – .6 – .7, #27 to #23, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • After eroding by -1.0 in June, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” (Orioles) is +1.4 in three straight sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.8 – 3.9 – 3.9, steady at #11, 6+). May’s increase of four-tenths halted three consecutive declines that led to an overall -2.0 (5.1 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.1, 6+).
  • Following three successive .1 showings (6+), co-owned WJZ-AM is unlisted the second month in a row.

 News

  • As a result of four straight decreases (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9, 6+), business news sibling WDCH “Bloomberg1 & 105.7” has lost exactly half (-.9) its 6+ AQH share and slips from #18 to #20. This follows five consecutive increases that accounted for a +1.3 (.5 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+).
  • On the heels of doubling July’s .5 to 1.0 (August 2020, 6+), M-10 Broadcasting-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WQLL “BIN 1370” relinquishes three-tenths and departs the top twenty (.7, #18 to #23, 6+).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Including September’s gain of three-tenths, Your Public Radio’s WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” continues an alternating down/up pattern (4.3 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.4, ninth to eighth, 6+).
  • Off four-tenths in August/September (1.0 – .9 – .6, 6+), American University-owned WAMU fades from #21 to #27.

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk

  • Not only is Entercom’s KMOX a whopping +2.0 in three spikes in succession (4.7 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 6.7, 6+), the Cardinals flagship advances from fifth to third. This (6.7) is the first time “The Voice of St. Louis” reaches a six-share (6+) since April’s 6.9. KMOX was -2.2 in May/June (6.9 – 5.9 – 4.7, 6+), directly after a +1.8 in March/April (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.9, 6+).
  • Co-owned KFTK, which was a combined +1.1 in July/August (4.1 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+), regresses by three-tenths to 4.9 (seventh to eighth, 6+). Following four straight gains that netted a +3.8 (2.7 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 5.5 – 6.5, 6+), “FM News Talk 97.1” was -2.4 in May/June (6.5 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • The alternating up/down pattern by Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 Sports” includes September’s loss of two-tenths (2.2 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 2.2, #16 to #17, 6+). By picking up two-tenths in June, WXOS interrupted four straight losses that accounted for a roughly 52% (-2.4) evaporation of its 6+ AQH share (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+).

 News

  • Black Information Network affiliate/iHeartMedia-owned KATZ-HD2 is unlisted the second month in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In addition to regaining the two-tenths it lost this time last month, University of Missouri-owned KWMU continues its alternating down/up sequence (2.3 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.3, #17 to #16, 6+).

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

| September 30, 2020

Round One of September PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen’s September 2020 survey period covered August 13 – September 9. You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this batch of markets. iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOR is the only spoken-word commercial station to notch a sizable increase over its August weekly AHQ share number, rising a half share to finish with a 2.3 share and the #17 rank in the market. iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles tacks on one-tenth to wrap the September survey with a 4.0 share and the #5 rank. In Chicago, Nexstar Media’s news/talk WGN falls a half share to post a 3.1 share and dipping to the #11 rank while Entercom’s crosstown all-news WBBM-AM/WFCS-FM sheds nine-tenths for a 6.4 share and slides to the #2 rank after holding on to #1 for the past seven PPM surveys. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways report here.

FOX News Channel’s ‘Hannity’ Top Cable News/Talk Show. According to a report by The Hill, FOX News Channel’s “Hannity” finished the recent July-August-September quarter as the most-watched cable news/talk program averaging approximately 4.45 million viewers, based on data from Nielsen Media Research. FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” came in second with 4.35 million viewers, followed by FOX’s “The Five” with 3.48 million, and “The Ingraham Angle” with 3.43 million viewers. The piece notes that the ratings period was marked by a heavy news cycle that included the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the national political conventions, the civil unrest, and the presidential race. As a result, FOX News Channel beat out legacy broadcast networks ABC, CBS, and NBC in total viewers for the first time and became the most-watched network on television during the quarter.

NYPost: Carton and WFAN Very Close to a Deal. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand is reporting that Entercom’s WFAN, New York “The Fan” and former “Fan” morning personality (and convicted fraudster) Craig Carton have been in regular talks about his return and that a formal offer is expected to be made by the station “by the end of the week.” Marchand says the offer is to host the afternoon drive program but that it’s not a done deal yet. The Post has also reported that Carton has a legitimate offer on the table from Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM, “97.5 The Fanatic” to host morning drive there. Currently, WFAN afternoons are being hosted by former midday team Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno. At WPEN-FM, Marc Farzetta hosts the morning drive show.

Former Entercom/CBS Radio Exec Andy Bloom Gaining Traction as Political Writer/Commentator – Available for Interviews About Mail-in Voting Issue. After a long career as an accomplished radio programming, research and management executive, Andy Bloom has been finding traction lately as a political writer and talk media guest discussing the hot issues. Following a colorful career that most recently included serving as OM for Entercom’s three-station cluster in Minneapolis-St. Paul – WCCO-AM, KMNB-FM, and KZJK-FM – and prior to that, nine years as OM for CBS Radio in Philadelphia overseeing news/talk WPHT and sports/talk WIP, as well as EVP at Coleman Research and VP for radio programming at Greater Media, Bloom currently runs his own media research and consulting firm, Andy Bloom Communications, based out of Minneapolis. Since 2015, he has also developed a growing following as a writer of political and public policy articles for Newsmax Media. His latest research and analytical piece delves into the issues and complexities surrounding the mail-in ballot controversy. Read it here. The piece contains information of value about the issue to talk show hosts and Bloom has begun doing bookings on the subject and is available to do more. He can be contacted via email at andy@andybloom.com or by phone at 612-644-4737.

Gen Media Partners Forms IBA Radio Sales. The Independent Broadcasters Association and Gen Media Partners announce the formation of the new national sales and marketing team exclusively for IBA members called IBA Radio Sales. Gen Media Partners CEO Kevin Garrity says, “This is an incredible opportunity for Gen Media Partners and for IBA member stations. Gen Media Partners was built on the strength of independent broadcasters and creating IBA Radio Sales is a natural extension of that. Uniting as members of the Independent Broadcasters Association, owners and operators retain their independence while gaining the advantages of scale, allowing them to compete more effectively with large corporations. I encourage every independent broadcaster to contact [IBA president] Ron [Stone] about joining IBA to take advantage of the significant benefits that membership provides, including the IBA Radio Sales national platform. We look forward to growing as the IBA grows in membership and scope.” Stone comments, “IBA membership has been growing exponentially. To date, we have 900 members and more stations are joining every day. The number one request from prospective IBA members from our survey, conducted a few weeks ago while we were gauging interest for an IBA, was ‘we want our own rep firm.’ This opportunity with Gen Media Partners, known for successfully representing independent broadcasters in all size markets, is the ideal national sales partner to represent IBA member stations with this creation of a rep firm dedicated solely to IBA members. Our goal is for every independent operator to join IBA and reap the benefits of being represented by IBA Radio Sales. The board and I are very excited about working with Gen Media Partners to build our national sales platform and the opportunities IBA Radio Sales will bring to our members.”

TALKERS News Notes. The broadcast studio for Entercom’s sports talk WXYT-FM, Detroit is being named “The Samuelsen Studio” in honor of the station’s late air personality Jamie Samuelsen, who died on August 1 after a year-and-a-half battle with colon cancer. Entercom Detroit SVP and market manager Debbie Kenyon says, “Jamie meant so much to our station and was a key part of our listeners lives. We want to honor him in a special way, not only as a great broadcaster, but an extraordinary person. We hope the renaming of the studio will serve as a way to keep his memory alive and add to his incredible legacy here in Detroit.”…..Radio America’s nationally syndicated  “Chad Benson Show” is added to the program schedule at Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM, Portland in the 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm slot. KXL joins recently added affiliate stations KTAR-FM, Phoenix; KSTE-AM, Sacramento; WOKV-FM, Jacksonville; WIBC-FM, Indianapolis; and more…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One drops the first episode of its seven-part podcast series titled, “5-4,” that addresses the Supreme Court’s role in the November presidential election. The show is hosted by by legal commentators Peter (better known as Twitter’s @The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon), and Michael(@_FleerUltra). The first episode focuses on nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Other topics will include: the electoral college, gerrymandering, and campaign finance…..iHeartMedia unveils a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast called “The Ten News” targeted to kids ages 8 – 12 and hosted by comedian and storyteller Bethany Van Delft. The podcast is produced by Small But Mighty Media and Next Chapter Podcasts. Van Delft says, “I’m excited to be part of a show that’s not only cool and fun to listen to but speaks to kids as smart and curious people. ‘The Ten News’ helps amplify kids’ voices and empowers them to take action.”…..SiriusXM will air a new weekly show, “Forward Progress,” across several of its channels. The program focuses on race, society and sports and is co-hosted by SiriusXM’s Jason Jackson and Kirk Morrison. SiriusXM adds that the show will address “the continuing push for racial equality and justice – from the pioneering civil rights efforts of athletes like Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Bill Russell to the historic recent player protests and the groundswell of support for today’s Black Lives Matter movement across sports leagues. They will be joined by guests from around the sports world each week, including current and former players who are using their influence as public figures to create change, to discuss what more needs to be done.”…..Pictured below is KIDO, Boise morning drive host Kevin Miller hosting his presidential debate watch party. More than 500 people attended the event at the Terrace Drive-In in Caldwell, Idaho.

Entercom and Clark Atlanta University Announce Partnership. This relationship between Clark Atlanta University and Entercom Atlanta will “provide students a unique and unprecedented opportunity to gain access to one of the nation’s leading media and entertainment companies. The partnership will expose students to top representatives in programming, sales, administration, and on-air talent, among others. Additionally, it will create a pipeline for future job opportunities.” The initiative launches tonight (9/30) with a private, virtual event for students. Entercom chairman, president and CEO David Field will also attend. CAU president Dr. George T. French says, “This is an exciting opportunity for our scholars. Partnerships with media conglomerates such as Entercom are a continuation of Clark Atlanta University’s Mass Media Arts Department’s legacy and dedication to ensuring our students are prepared and globally competitive in the communications industry.” Entercom Atlanta SVP and market manager Rick Caffey comments, “This partnership with Clark Atlanta University builds on our focus to create a more inclusive and diverse team and workplace. We’re excited to share our resources and insights in the form of real-world learning, beginning with this first virtual event on the future of audio.”

The Presidential Race/Tuesday’s Debate, COVID-19 Stats & Projections, Amy Coney Barrett Nomination, BLM Movement/Breonna Taylor Case, Stimulus Deal, Jobless Numbers-The Economy, and California Wildfires Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/29). The November presidential election and Tuesday night’s first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden; the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths and cases, the rising number in the Midwest, and projections for fall-winter outbreaks; the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court; the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests in various U.S. cities, as well as the grand jury process in the Breonna Taylor case; negotiations between Nancy Pelosi and Steve Mnuchin for a new stimulus deal; the U.S. jobless statistics and economic indicators; and the status of the deadly California wildfires were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. WPOC-FM, Baltimore morning show personality Laurie DeYoung celebrated her 35th anniversary hosting the program on the iHeartMedia country station. The station says DeYoung “has been a staple of the Baltimore radio scene throughout her career since she began broadcasting on WPOC in 1985. Laurie has interviewed many country music icons over the years, including Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and more. For more than three decades, she has also maintained an unmatchable relationship with her local listeners, country music industry tastemakers and artists.” DeYoung was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2010 and named CMA Large Market Personality of 1994 and CMA Major Market Personality in 2014…..Beasley Media Group announces that the new “MJ Morning Show” on 80s hits-formatted WRBQ, Tampa Bay will include MJ’s former co-hosts Froggy and Fester, plus new addition Roxanne Wilder. MJ, a.k.a. Todd Schnitt, says, “I’m ecstatic to bring the ‘MJ Morning Show’ back to Tampa Bay on the world famous ‘Q105.’ I love morning radio, and with Fester, Froggy, and Roxanne, we’ll provide must-listen content every day.”…..Entercom Riverside is inviting listeners to remember those who lost their lives in the mass shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival. To honor the 58 lives lost and the survivors who still live with the trauma, country KFRG-FM “K-FROG” is hosting a virtual candlelight vigil via Facebook Live. The event will also include a reading of the victims’ names tomorrow night (10/1) at 8:00 pm PT…..Cumulus Media names Chad Heritage program director for country WGKX-FM, Memphis “KIX 106” and for adult contemporary WKIM-FM, Memphis “98.9 The Bridge.” Heritage joins Cumulus Memphis from iHeartMedia where he was national brand coordinator since 2009 and SVP of programming for iHeartMedia, Little Rock since 2006. Cumulus Memphis VP/market manager Morgan Bohannon says, “We knew Chad was a good match the first time we talked to him. He’s from the region, has had a very successful programming career and is the perfect fit to lead one of America’s best country brands with ‘KIX-106.’ He’s just the perfect fit for us and we’re excited about his joining the Cumulus team in Memphis.”…..Key Networks enters into an exclusive partnership agreement with Clear Media Network to manage all network advertising sales and network advertiser inventory operations for the new 24/7 music radio network. Dallas-based Clear Media Network was launched on September 1, 2020, and offers AC, country and adult R&B formats that are “uniquely positioned, formatted and dynamically programmed for the unique needs of the independent radio operator.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

| October 16, 2018

PPM Analysis: News/Talk. Managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from the September 2018 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio, today focusing on news/talk. Among news/talk stations in PPM markets, some 47% see a dip in their 6+ weekly AQH share while 39% improve and 14% remain unchanged.  Looking back to last September, 53% of news/talk stations improve from September 2017 to September 2018 with 42% losing ground.  Four news/talk stations ranked #1 (6+) in their respective markets in the September survey: Cox Media Group’s WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta rolls with a 7.9 share; Entercom’s KMOX, St. Louis shoots up to an 8.3 share; iHeartMedia’s WLW, Cincinnati dips to a 9.1 share (but stays in first place); and Townsquare Media’s WKXW, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5” stays on top with an 8 share. See Kinosian’s entire report here.

Cox Media Group Unveils its Broadcast Analytics Service. This platform for radio advertisers from Cox Media Group is called Cox Analytics for Broadcast and promises that “through rich audience data and insights, this new solution helps advertisers target active consumers in their product category and track the effectiveness of their campaigns through detailed analysis of their website traffic.”  The press release explains further: Data has always been used in the broadcast industry to determine results, and by leveraging the power of social media to identify these insights, CMG can tap into its massive digital audience – matching offline to online audiences.  Results are collected by combing listener data with social audiences, leading to a clearly defined, hyper-specific audience for radio advertisers to target.  These numbers are then generated through a custom dashboard, which allows advertisers to improve performance and understand what is driving their results. CMG executive director of revenue Katie Reid says, “These new capabilities will transform the way our clients target consumers and advertise with our radio platforms. Through Cox Analytics for Broadcast, we can measure the effectiveness of these audience segments, attribute actions taken by consumers and provide insightful research and data to reach ROI and help meet our clients’ goals.”

WVMT-AM, Burlington and Sister CHR Sold to Vox AM/FM LLC. Burlington, Vermont news/talk WVMT-AM and sister CHR WXXX-FM “95 TripleX” are being sold by Sison Broadcasting to Vox AM/FM, LLC for an as yet undisclosed price.  Vox currently owns sports talk duo WCPV-FM “101.3 The Game” and WEAV-AM “960 The Zone,” and classic hits WVTK-FM.  Vox will begin operating the stations under an LMA on January 1, 2019.  Sison owner Paul Goldman says, “WVMT and ‘95 TripleX’ have been my life and passion for over 40 years.  There is no player in our market better equipped to ensure their future than Vox.  My valued employees and stations are in great hands.”  Meanwhile, Vox partner and principal Ken Barlow states, “The people and stations at Sison are terrific! They have enormous market history and blend very well with our current cluster.  We look forward to merging our operations to better serve the Burlington-Plattsburgh radio market.”  This transaction was arranged by Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors on an exclusive brokerage basis.

Oakland A’s and KGMZ Breakup Not Pretty. The Oakland A’s announced their parting from flagship station KGMZ-FM, San Francisco with a Tweet showing radio equipment being wheeled away and the phrase, “It’s not us; it’s you.” Ouch!  But as the San Jose Mercury News writes, the parting was not a surprise since the team announced in April that this was the last year of the deal and asked fans if they thought the sides should renew with the Entercom sports talker.  There’s no word where the A’s radio broadcasts will end up for the 2019 season.

Missing Saudi Journalist, Paul Allen Dies, November Midterms, Hurricane Michael Aftermath, Warren Ancestry Video, Trump ‘60 Minutes’ Interview, Portland Patriots-Antifa Skirmish, Stormy Daniels Suit Tossed, NFL Action, and MLB Playoffs Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/15). The case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Saudi Arabia; Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65 after battle with cancer; the November midterm elections and the battle for control of the house and senate; the devastation in the Florida panhandle after Hurricane Michael; Senator Elizabeth Warren produces video proving Native American ancestry, taunts President Trump; the president’s interview on “60 Minutes” with Lesley Stahl; the weekend’s clash between Patriot Prayer demonstrators and Antifa protestors; a judge tosses Stormy Daniels’ suit against President Trump; the weekend’s NFL action and the MLB Playoffs were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Triangle radio personality Madison Lane returns to the air on Curtis Media Group’s adult hits WBBB-FM, Raleigh “96BBB” to host the morning drive program.  Lane previously was the morning personality at iHeartMedia’s CHR WDCG “G105” and WRSN-FM.  She left the business in 2006 to raise her children.  Lane says, “It was such a blessing to be able to have some time away to raise my kids and focus on my family.  This new chapter of my life is exciting and WBBB feels like home.  I love the awesome variety of music and the loyalty to the community.  I’m so excited to be a part of the team.”  Curtis Media Group SVP and general manager David Stuckey comments, “From our very first meeting, I knew Madison was the perfect fit for mornings on WBBB.  Madison brings familiarity and star power to the fastest growing station in the Triangle.  Her life experiences and knowledge of the Raleigh-Durham market make her the right person to solidify WBBB as the dominant radio brand in the Triangle.”…..Indiana Radio Watch’s Blaine Thompson reports that Adams Radio Group’s rhythmic CHR WJFX, New Haven, Indiana (Fort Wayne market) promotes late night and weekend host Taylor Morgan to middays…..Entercom announces the dates for the “Not So Silent Night” concert events in New York, San Francisco, and San Diego.  The alternative music festival debuted in San Francisco in 1991 and has grown from a small acoustic concert to a large arena show hosting some of the biggest alternative acts in three cities.  This year, the show will debut at New York’s Barclays Center and will be co-headlined by Muse and Florence + The Machine. WNYL, New York ALT 92.3’s holiday event will also feature musical performances by AJR, Bastille, Chvrches, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster The People, and Mike Shinoda on Thursday, December 6…..Entercom triple A WXRT, Chicago is announcing its 10th annual “Holiday Jam” will feature music from The Head and the Heart with special guest Mt. Joy…..WCSX, Detroit morning host Big Jim has been on a six-month mission to get a street named after Motor City music legend Bob Seger and this Friday (10/19) it’s going to happen.  The Beasley Media Group station, “The Big Jim’s House Morning Show,” and the City of Allen Park will officially unveil Bob Seger Boulevard during a two-hour event and ceremony at Allen Park City Hall that will include a special performance by a Bob Seger tribute band as well as a video screen featuring fans and celebrities congratulating the rock legend!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

| October 2, 2014

cbsradio logoCBS RADIO-Beasley Station Swap Announced.  It’s sort of close to some of the rumors that had been moving through the industry about CBS RADIO and Beasley Broadcasting Group swapping Florida and Philly stations.  Here’s what the companies are announcing:  Beasley will take ownership of: sports talk WIP-AM, Philadelphia; in the Tampa market it gets sports talk duo WHFS-AM and WHFS-FM, hip hop WLLD, country WQYK, classic hits WRBQ, and Spanish WYUU-FM; in the Charlotte market it acquires urban contemporary WBAV, sports talk duo WBCN-AM and WFNZ-AM, AC WKQC, CHR WNKS, hip hop WPEG, and country WSOC-FM.  In exchange, CBS RADIO will take ownership of five stations.  They are the three Miami market signals: hip hop WPOW, country WKIS and sports talk WQAM; and Philadelphia outlets country WXTU, and hip hop WRDW.  Despite CBS RADIO’s major market tradition, this move will give it its first Miami holdings.  CBSbeasley logo long RADIO president and CEO Dan Mason states, “This transaction reinforces our strategy to concentrate on large-market properties.  We already have television duopolies in both Philadelphia and Miami, so these new stations will be a terrific complement to our existing local broadcasting portfolio, and a welcome addition to the overall CBS family.”  BBG chairman and CEO George Beasley says, “Throughout Beasley Broadcast Group’s 53-year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the local communities where we operate, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results.  The asset exchange agreement with CBS RADIO addresses all of these strategic objectives as, upon completion, we will expand our station base by nine stations and add completed clusters in Tampa and Charlotte which complement our already strong mid-Atlantic presence.  Furthermore, the transaction is also consistent with our long-term strategy to operate leading clusters in large- and mid-size markets.” These are straight-up swaps — no cash involved — and, obviously, are pending FCC approval.

redskins logoCan the FCC Really Outlaw ‘Redskins?’ TALKERS magazine legal editor attorney Steven J.J. Weisman writes today in response to the hoopla surrounding both the petition to deny the license renewal of one of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s sports talkweismansteven stations, but also public comments by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that he is sympathetic to the movement to change the football team’s nickname.  As TALKERS readers are probably aware, three of the FCC commissioners have come out against use of the term during broadcasts and that’s led to the conclusion – drawn largely by the consumer media – that the agency will make the term illegal.  Is this possible?  See Steven Weisman’s column on this matter here.

mohrjayFox Sports Radio Network Renews Jay Mohr.  Comedian and actor Jay Mohr began his sports talk radio show on Fox Sports Radio Network in January of 2013.  Now, the network reports the two sides have signed a new “long-term agreement” to keep him part of its syndication efforts.  FSRN and iHeartMedia say the show is currently heard on more than 150 affiliate stations.  About the new deal, Mohr comments, “I’m so happy to be on the air with FOX Sports Radio and iHeartMedia for years to come.  I have always been a huge sports fan, and obviously, I have a difficult time keeping my mouth shut.  Now, for three hours a day, in upwards of 150 cities, it’s actually my job.  This is a dream come true for me.  The old cliché is true — ‘Pick a job you like…’  I love this job and hope to have many more multi-year deals after this one!”

halldonnaNew Market Managers for CMG in Atlanta, San Antonio and Tulsa.  There are three new market leaders for Cox Media Group to announce today.  In Atlanta, former Cox Media group VP Donna Hall is named VP and general manager.  She’s been with Cox since 1987.  Ben Reed moves from the Atlanta VP/GM post to the same position at the San Antonio station group.  And Dan Lawrie jumps from the San Antonio cluster to CMG’s Tulsa properties to serve as VP/GM.  CMG EVP of radio Kim Guthrie states, “We are thrilled that we can tap such phenomenal internal talent across Cox for these important leadership positions.  Ben, Dan and Donna are proven leaders who know how to build strategic, award-winning teams.”

westwood one NEWWestwood One to Rep Sports USA Media.  More football to sell for Westwood One as it and Sports USA Media announce an agreement for the former to rep the latter’ssportsusa Sunday NFL games beginning with the 2015 season.  Both Westwood One and Sports USA Media currently broadcast an NFL doubleheader every Sunday afternoon during the regular season.  Sports USA founder and CEO Larry Kahn states, “We are thrilled to partner with Westwood One and with the NFL.  We have worked with them in various capacities over the years, and they are the gold standard when it comes to the NFL.”

wdnc logoWDNC, Raleigh-Durham Adds Translator to Multi-Cast.  With the addition of translator W246CG at 96.5 FM (licensed to Durham), Capitol Broadcasting’s sports talker WDNC “620 The Buzz” is now available to listeners on four signals.  Back in April, the company added the station’s signal to W257CS at 99.3 FM (licensed to Morrisville near Raleigh).  It is also heard on WCMC-FM’s HD2 channel at 99.9 FM.  Company OM and PD for sports programming Dennis Glasgow states, “Capitol Broadcasting is working to ensure that our Raleigh-Durham listeners have the best opportunity to tune into our outstanding sports talk programming, along with Duke football and basketball on FM.  In this fast-changing radio landscape, we’re looking for every advantage to grow our listenership for the Triangle sports fan.  I think we’ve accomplished that with the addition of these two translators in Raleigh-Durham.”

kilmeadebrianKilmeade on Remote from Texas.  Today (10/2), Fox News Radio personality Brian Kilmeade is broadcasting his “Kilmeade and Friends” radio show from Irving, Texas, site of the 2014 Warrior Open golf tournament.  As part of the broadcast, Kilmeade will interview former President George W. Bush.  The radio show will emanate from the Las Colinas Country Club and some of the guests in addition to President Bush will include: General Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; General Peter Chiarelli, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; and wounded warrior Luis Avilar, who has the honor of doing the ceremonial first hit.  The Warrior Open is a competitive 36-hole golf tournament, including an 18-hole Pro-Am.  The event honors U.S service members who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America and heralds the many effective organizations that give their time, talents and resources to support men and women of our military.

nielsen logoRound Three of September PPM Data Released.  The third of four rounds of September 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  The survey period was August 14 through September 10.  TALKERS magazine’s sister publication RadioInfo has all of the numbers from subscribing stations here.  In addition, managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings on the main page at RadioInfo.com here.

Odds & Sods.  Joining the growing Cross Platform Media Group, is Russ Jones who is named SVP of news operations for the IRN/USA Radio Network and director of news and public relations for Cross Platform Media.  Jones is co-founder of Christian News Service, a news release distribution and content creation firm and publisher of ChristianPress.com. Both entities are now under the CPM umbrella of companies…..CBS RADIO Washington makes staffing changes and out is promotions coordinator Cain McCoy.  He’d worked with sports talk WJFK-FM and all-news WNEW-FM.

U.S. ISIS Strikes/Intelligence Debate, U.S. Ebola Case/Pandemic Fears, Secret Service Controversy, Jimmy Carter CNBC Interview, Immigration/Amnesty Issues, Hong Kong Protests, Financial Markets Activities, Washington Redskins Name Flap Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/1).  U.S. military strikes on ISIS and discussion about the quality of intelligence information the administration is receiving; the first documented U.S. Ebola case and questions about how a Dallas hospital handled it; the controversy over the effectiveness of the Secret Service after a man got all the way to the East Wing before being apprehended; reflections of President Jimmy Carter as he celebrates his 90th birthday; the immigration legislation and Barack Obama-promised amnesty issues; continuing protests by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong; the activities on the world’s financial markets; and the ongoing flap over the Washington Redskins’ name were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.