Tag: "talk radio"

July 2020 PPM Ratings

| August 4, 2020

Pending Business: Gone Too Soon

| August 3, 2020

By Steve Lapa
Lapcom Communications Corp
President

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Herman Cain and Bob McCurdy — two different men from different walks of life. I had the privilege of knowing and learning from both.

Leadership – Herman Cain was raised from humble beginnings and worked his way through Coca-Cola, Burger King to CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

Bob McCurdy started as a radio salesman in Richmond. Working his way up through the ranks of Katz radio, McCurdy rose to president of the Katz Radio Group.

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June 2020 Analysis: Cume & Coronavirus
(Part Three, News/Talk)

| July 23, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Stations under the news/talk banner are highlighted in the third of a special four-part series concentrating on June 2020 cume results.

Similar installments were posted earlier this week for the news format (Tuesday, 7/21) and sports talk (yesterday, 7/22).

Included in this comprehensive cume-centered summary are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared with at least a .1 (6+) in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets during the June 2020 ratings period (May 21 – June 17).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services.

Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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June 2020 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| July 20, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Our four-part series of June 2020 ratings summaries concludes with a widespread recap of news/talk.

Included in this detailed synopsis are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets during the June 2020 ratings period (May 21 – June 17).

Unless otherwise noted, information for each news/talk station and stream was factored into all of our highlighted charts.

Whereas 61% of news/talk stations on our panel had month-to-month erosion (May 2020 – June 2020, 6+), 68% experienced year-to-year improvement (June 2019 – June 2020, 6+).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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June 2020 PPM Analysis:
The News Format

| July 15, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our detailed four-part series of June 2020 ratings summaries commences with an overview of news stations.

Every news station meeting our ratings criteria of a top 20 finish in any PPM-market posted a 6+ February 2020 – March 2020 improvement, with nearly half doing so by at least one full-share.

Naturally, no format could hope to sustain that sort of success: As noted below, half our news stations experience May 2020 – June 2020 erosion (6+).

In terms of year-to-year comparisons, just over four of every five news stations on our panel notched April 2019 – April 2020 increases (82%, 6+). That compares to 69% (6+) in both May 2019 – May 2020 and June 2019 – June 2020.

Entercom owns all but three stations listed in this format analysis.

Non-Entercom operations in this report are iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM (also listed in Providence); Hubbard Broadcasting Washington, DC’s WTOP-FM; and Sinclair Broadcast Group Seattle’s KOMO.

Ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations paying Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Monday Memo: Curing the Radio Advertising Pandemic

| June 29, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — If you’re reading this in Arizona, PLEASE be careful. As I file this week’s column on Sunday, the Active Infection rate there is 23%. Florida and Texas (14%) closed the bars, and other states that now seemed to have jumped the gun are slamming the brakes on re-opening. Wherever you are, you’re witnessing an ongoing challenge to public health…and advertiser-supported media.

“Local-Local-Local” has been the desperate plea of programmers, as corporate bloodletting whacked station staffs. Independent Texas owner Paul Gleiser, my longest-suffering client, weathered the coronavirus pandemic better than absentee-owned competitors because his sales strategy is so grassroots and focused on the service retailers deemed “essential” during the shutdown.

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Coronavirus’ Cume Factor (Part Two)

| June 25, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Cume, the Rodney Dangerfield stat of the ratings world, is the focal point of our expanded coverage of radio listening habits during the May 2020 survey period (April 23 – May 20).

Posted yesterday (Wednesday, 6/24), our previous cume-centered piece dealt with news-formatted and sports talk stations.

Now, news/talk takes center stage in this follow-up overview of a sweep in which the singular national conversation was, once again, COVID-19.

All commercial, English-language news/talk stations registering at least a .1 (6+) in a PPM-surveyed market in the May 2020 report automatically qualify to be included in the below-listed breakouts.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations subscribing to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to outlets paying that company for its information.

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Coronavirus’ Cume Factor (Part One)

| June 24, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — When someone quotes or inquires about the ratings status of a particular format or an individual station, the almost universal response is to cite the AQH share.

While cume numbers haven’t necessarily become a complete afterthought, they undoubtedly take a backseat to share.

As the coronavirus crisis continues to grip the nation, it’s time to revisit the sometimes-forgotten element of cume and examine its performance among spoken-word stations during the pandemic.

In the first of a two-part series addressing cume, we will focus on news, and sports talk facilities; part two with deal entirely with news/talk.

A top 20 ranking (May 2020, 6+) is the inclusion threshold for the news, and sports talk breakouts that appear below.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations subscribing to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to outlets paying that company for its information.

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May 2020 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| June 22, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  A comprehensive overview of news/talk concludes our four-part series of May 2020 ratings recaps.

Included in this detailed synopsis are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets during the May 2020 ratings period (April 23 – May 20).

Slightly more than one of every three news/talk stations improve or hold steady April 2020 – May 2020 (35%, 6+), versus just 12.5% for news stations, and a very impressive 75% for sports talk.

These stats compare to news/talk’s 78% (March 2020 – April 2020, 6+); 65% (news); and 22% (sports talk).

As far as May 2019 – May 2020 stats are concerned, 69% of news outlets and 65% of news/talkers post year-to-year gains; conversely, 65% of sports talk stations experience year-to-year attrition.

By way of perspective, the March – April percentages were 82% (news);  73% (news/talk); and 82% (sports talk).

Unless otherwise noted, information for each news/talk station and stream was factored into all of our highlighted charts.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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May 2020 PPM Analysis: Urban AC

| June 19, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Each month, our extensive ratings recaps focus on three spoken-word genres and one music-intensive format.

In our third installment of May 2020 ratings overviews, urban AC takes center stage representing that latter category.

This summary is comprised of PPM-market urban ACs that rank in the top 20 (6+) in the May 2020 sweep, which covered April 23 – May 20.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services.

Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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