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November 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| December 6, 2021

November 2021 PPM Data – Information for the November 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 November 2021 sweep covered October 14 – November 10.

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

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

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

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 5.5 – 7.1, +1.6, fourth to second

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” flat at 3.1, #13 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 7.8 – 6.9, -.9, second to fourth and KOPB’s internet stream 2.8 – 2.2, -.6, #17 to #19

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

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news/talk KXL (+1.6)*

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease (Tie): public radio news/talk KOPB and classic hits-oldies KLTH (-.9)

*Represents the largest October 2021 – November 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) 3.9 – 4.5, +.6, #11 to #8

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFNZ “Sports Radio The Fan” (Hornets) flat at 1.0, continues at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation-owned WFAE 3.8 – 4.1, +.3, #12 to #10

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

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia country WKKT, first month, 6.4 – 6.9, +.5

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classical WDAV (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease (Tie): urban contemporary WPEG and CHR WNKS (-.5)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” (Spurs) 3.8 – 4.3, +.5, repeats at #10

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 2.5 – 2.1, -.4, stays at #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 2.8 – 3.3, +.5, unchanged at #13

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM, second successive month, 7.2 – 8.2, +1.0

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: hot AC KSMG (-1.2)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 8.6 – 9.1, +.5, #1 and cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” 3.2 – 2.7, -.5, #13 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KIFM-AM “ESPN 1320” .8 – 1.0, +.2, #19 to #18

Bonneville-owned KHTK “Sacramento Sports 1140” (Kings) .7 – .8, +.1, #21 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ 5.4 – 4.9, -.5, fifth to seventh

Number One 6+: news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM, fifth straight month, 8.6 – 9.1, +.5

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KBEB (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease (Tie): adult contemporary KYMX and urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL (-1.0)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 4.4 – 4.1, -.3, repeats at #9

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” 8.5 – 8.7, +.2, third to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 2.9 – 3.3, +.4, #12 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WDVE, sixth consecutive month, 10.8 – 9.7, -1.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase:  alternative WXDX (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WWSW (-1.7)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio” 9.9 – 7.5, -2.4, #1

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 6.8 – 7.2, +.4, steady in the runner-up slot

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 3.4 – 4.1, +.7, tenth to eighth

Number One 6+: news/talk KSL, third straight month, 9.9 – 7.5, -2.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: CHR KZHT (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news/talk KSL (-2.4)**

**Represents the largest October 2021 – November 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ, second month in succession, 9.6 – 8.6, -1.0

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian KSOS (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: CHR KLUC (-1.2)

@regional Mexican KYLI debuts with a 1.1

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 5.7 – 5.6, -.1, ninth to seventh

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 2.6 – 2.1, -.5, #13 to #16

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #19 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” (Magic) 1.8 – 2.3, +.5, #17 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE 2.3 – 2.5, +.2, #15 to #13

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WOCL, first month, 7.7 – 8.0, +.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: Spanish tropical WRUM (+.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban AC WCFB (-2.2)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” 13.2 – 11.8, -1.4, first to second and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 5.5 – 5.8, +.3, repeats in fourth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” (Bengals) flat at 1.4, #18 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU 3.3 – 3.9, +.6, #11 to #10

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR first month, 11.1 – 12.3, +1.2

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WGRR (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease (Tie): news/talk WLW and rock WEBN (-1.4)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Cavaliers) 5.4 – 4.7, -.7, eighth to ninth

News: iHeartMedia-owned WMMS-HD2 “BIN 99.1 Because Truth Matters” flat at .2, repeats at #18

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) 4.3 – 5.5, +1.2, ninth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream-owned WCPN 3.3 – 2.6, -.7, #12 to #13

Kent State University’s WKSU .9 – 1.3, +.4, #16 to #15

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock WNCX fifth successive month, 11.1 – 9.9, -1.2

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: sports talk WKRK (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: hot AC WQAL (-1.5)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 4.6 – 5.0, +.4, seventh to sixth and cluster-mate KMBZ-AM “Talk 980 AM” flat at .9, stays at #20

Cumulus Media-owned KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” .5 – .6, +.1, #22 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” 2.6 – 2.1, -.5, repeats at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KCUR 5.9 – 6.6, +.7, anchored in third-place

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX, second consecutive month, 8.6 – 8.9, +.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian KJNW (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: country KFKF (-.7)

COLUMBUS

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

News: iHeartMedia’s WYTS “Columbus’ BIN 1230” .1 – .2, +.1, unchanged at #19

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” (Blue Jackets) 10.1 – 9.6, -.5, #1 and cluster-mate WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” flat at .6, #15 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 7.3 – 6.2, -1.1, third to sixth

Number One 6+: sports talk WBNS-FM, third successive month, 10.1 – 9.6, -.5

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news/talk WTVN (+.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: adult hits WODC (-1.3)

 

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

 

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

 

October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| November 4, 2021

October 2021 PPM Data – Information for the October 2021 ratings period has been released for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus.

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

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

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

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

PORTLAND

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

CHARLOTTE

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAN ANTONIO

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

SACRAMENTO

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

PITTSBURGH

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

SALT LAKE CITY

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

LAS VEGAS

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

ORLANDO

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

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

CINCINNATI

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

CLEVELAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KANSAS CITY

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

COLUMBUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

| September 4, 2018

Steve Gill Returns to the Nashville Airwaves on WLAC. Nashville-based media personality Steve Gill ended his syndicated radio program that was heard in mornings on WLAC and distributed via Radio America in January of 2013. Now, he’s returning to the WLAC “TalkRadio 1510” air with his “Tennessee Star Gill Report” that is airing from 7:30 am to 8:00 am daily.  Gill is the CEO of Gill Media and the political editor of The Tennessee Star.  He was also morning drive host on WWTN-FM, Nashville prior to joining WLAC in 2006.  iHeartMedia Nashville region president Dan Endom says, “There isn’t a more credible or recognizable conservative voice in Tennessee than Steve Gill.  With the top names in national conservative talk already on TalkRadio 1510 WLAC, including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, the addition of a Tennessee conservative voice like Gill rounds out the lineup with a strong local connection.” “Tennessee Star Gill Report” also airs on several radio stations across Tennessee, including WETR, Knoxville and WNWS, Jackson.  Gill says, “Our goal with the radio show is the same as with The Tennessee Star news site: to provide the critical news and insight that the liberal mainstream media overlooks, ignores or in too many cases covers up.  Based upon the numbers that The Tennessee Star has generated in the first 18 months of operation, with over 8 million visitors, there is clearly a demand for the facts, news and analysis that we provide on line and now, on air.”  In the past two weeks Nashville-based Star Digital Media has launched two new online news sites in addition to The Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star (www.theohiostar.com) and The Minnesota Sun (www.theminnesotasun.com).  The company plans to expand into additional states over the next few months.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin Joins KNBR, San Francisco Morning Show. Radio and social media personality Bonnie-Jill Laflin is appointed to the on-air team of the “Murph & Mac” morning show on Cumulus Media’s KNBR, San Francisco, hosted by Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey.  Laflin is a former cheerleader for the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers. Her radio experience includes hosting SiriusXM’s “The Rush Hour” and “Fantasy Football Show.”  The station says she’ll appear in station videos across knbr.com and its social media platforms, in addition to her role on-air.  KNBR program director Jeremiah Crowe comments, “We are thrilled to add the talented Bonnie-Jill Laflin to the KNBR lineup.  A San Francisco native, she has maintained her passion for Bay Area sports and has a deep-rooted connection to the KNBR brand.  Her experiences and relationships built in the front office, on the sidelines, behind the microphone, and on camera will provide our core audience a rare perspective on their favorite local teams.  Bonnie-Jill is an established personality that will connect with our listeners on a multitude of platforms and keep KNBR on the leading edge of content creation from day one.”

iHeartMedia’s Bob Pittman and NPR’s Jarl Mohn Keynote Closing Session at IAB Podcast Upfront. At this Thursday’s Interactive Advertising Bureau’s fourth annual podcast upfront in New York, iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman and NPR CEO Jarl Mohn will host the closing fireside chat titled, “Leaders of the Audio Revolution Debate the Future of Sound.”  It will be moderated by IAB CEO Randall Rothenberg.  IAB says U.S. podcast advertising captured $314 million in revenue in 2017, a rise of 86% over $169 million in 2016, according to the latest IAB/PwC Podcast Advertising Revenue Study for full-year 2017 and is predicted to continue to surge to $659 million by 2020.  The press release goes on to say, “iHeartMedia is the largest commercial radio podcaster and NPR is the largest non-profit radio podcaster in the U.S. and these two media titans will share their views on the power of audio, the future of the audio/podcast ecosystem, the role of spoken word and the driving factors behind on demand and podcast listening.”

TALKERS News Notes. Pictured above is music mogul Clive Davis (center)after announcing on WOR, New York that he is organizing a memorial concert for Aretha Franklin at Madison Square Garden on November 14.  He told WOR’s Len Berman (left)and Michael Riedel (right)that it was scheduled before her passing as a tribute show but will now be a memorial concert…..In the U.K., the country’s most-listened-to morning host Chris Evans is leaving the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show on December 21 after 13 years at the station to join Virgin RadioWireless CEO Scott Taunton says, “We are beyond thrilled that Chris has chosen to come back to Virgin Radio. He is the biggest name in radio and is synonymous with the brand.  He has the most exciting breakfast show in the industry and has an energy that captivates audiences.”  The station relaunched two years ago and is heard in the UK only on DAB and online…..After a 12-year stint with RadiOhio’s Columbus sports talk WBNS-FM “97.1 The Fan,” program director Jay Taylor announces he’s leaving the station as his current contract ends…..Today the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh begin before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Salem Radio Network is presenting gavel-to-gavel coverage each day from Capitol Hill correspondent Wally Hindes.  Additionally, the network’s nationally syndicated Hugh Hewitt show will have exclusive commentary and perspective from U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) each day.  Hewitt show executive producer Duane Patterson says, “It is quite a coup to land color commentary on these important hearings from Senator Sasse – a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – each day.”…..Midwest Communications is flipping sports talk WQTX, Lansing, Michigan “The Team 92.1-FM” to adult contemporary on Wednesday (9/5).  A report in the Lansing State Journal quotes Midwest Communications Lansing vice president and market manager Mark Jaycox saying the station wasn’t profitable as a sports talk outlet.  It carried three shows syndicated by the Spotlight Radio Network: “Michigan’s Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels,” “The Drive with Jack Ebling,” and “The Spartan Beat with Rico Beard.”  It also aired programming from FOX Sports Radio Network…..iHeartMedia Cincinnati and E.W. Scripps’ WCPO-TV are entering into a deal in which the TV station will provide the radio stations – including news/talk WLW and WKRC – with local weather forecasts and news features.  WCPO-TV reports that it will also provide “Don’t Waste Your Money” consumer reports from the station’s John Matarese to the iHM radio stations…..Westwood One begins its 32nd consecutive year as the exclusive network radio partner of the National Football League.  Thursday’s opening night game will be called by play-by-play man Kevin Harlan and color analyst Boomer Esiason will make his final appearance in the booth for his farewell broadcast.  NFL Hall-of-Famer Kurt Warner is taking over the lead color analyst role on Monday.

Trump-Russia Investigation/Jeff Sessions Criticism, Kavanaugh Hearings, Labor Day Holiday/State of U.S. Economy, Nike’s Kaepernick ‘Just Do It’ Campaign, First Man Controversy, NBC News-Ronan Farrow Battle, NFL Pre-season, and MLB Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend.  The Robert Mueller-led investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents, tied with the related criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Trump; the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; the Labor Day holiday weekend and the state of the U.S. economy; Nike’s use of national anthem protestor Colin Kaepernick in its new “Just Do It” campaign; the controversial omission of the U.S. flag planting on the moon in the new film First Man; the argument between NBC News and Ronan Farrow over the news organization’s handling of the Harvey Weinstein investigative report; the NFL pre-season; and the MLB playoff push were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the holiday weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. On-air pro Corinna Delgado moves from Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBR, Houston to the company’s hot AC WRQX, Washington Mix “107.3” to star as the midday host.  She started her career at KMVN in her hometown of Anchorage after serving in the U.S. Army Reserves as a combat medic.  WRQX program director Rob Roberts says, “There were so many great candidates, but Corinna blew me away with her passion for the job. She also possesses an incredible set of digital and social skills.  Plus, anyone trained as a combat medic obviously has a place in radio today.”…..Urban radio pro Lou Bennett is appointed program director for Cumulus Media’s urban adult contemporary WRBO, Memphis.  He was most recently with Elite Radio Group as director of operations and program director for its Natchitoches, Louisiana stations.  Cumulus Media Memphis operations manager Danni Bruns states, “We are exhilarated to have Lou as our newest team member at Cumulus Memphis. WRBO was built on soul just like our unique city and Lou has the exact soul we need to keep 103.5 WRBO a powerhouse on the air, as well as in the community.  I look forward to watching him grow WRBO’s ratings and plant his feet in The Bluff City.”…..In San Diego, Jeremy Pritchard is promoted from APD and music director to program director for Entercom’s alternative KBZT “ALT 94.9.”  He assumes the PD role from cluster operations manager Kevin Callahan…..Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that Ramonski Luv exits his role at iHeartMedia’s urban AC WVAZ where he was hosting the Friday evening and Sunday afternoon shows…..The nationally syndicated “Bob & Sheri” show is the new morning drive show at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WTCB, Columbia, South Carolina “B-106,” effective today (9/4).

Friday, April 1, 2016

| April 1, 2016

kgo logo newRonn Owens Move from KGO to KSFO the Tip of Iceberg of Changes at Cumulus San Francisco.  The company has not issued an official statement about the changes other than to announce KGO legend Ronn Owens’ move from late mornings there to the afternoon driveksfo slot at sister KSFO, effective Monday (4/4).  But there is much more going on, including what is reported be the dismissal of the majority of the news staff at KGO.  One can assume the expense of KGO’s news department was one of the big reasons for the new programming direction.  Nielsen Audio’s February PPM ratings saw armstronggettyCBS RADIO’s all-news KCBS-AM finish #1 with a 6.2 share (6+) compared to KGO’s 1.8 share.  There are more changes soon to be announced as Cumulus re-builds KGO and the addition of KSTE, Sacramento-based Armstrong & Getty to the KGO morning slot is one.  The duo is moving from iHeartMedia’s crosstown KKSF, San Francisco where it’s been heard for the past few years.  On the music side, Cumulus also let the air staff at triple A KFOG go, and is running without jocks as that station announces it is entering a “transformational time.”  The station is expected to remain some sort of rock outlet.

millerstephanieStephanie Miller to Assume Mornings at KKSF; Station Positioned as Progressive Talker.  With the departure of Armstrong & Getty from the morning daypart at iHeartMedia’s KKSF, San Francisco “Talk 910” for mornings at KGO, the company announces WYD Media-syndicatedkksf logo Stephanie Miller is the new morning drive personality.  Speaking about the changes, iHM San Francisco SVP of programming Don Parker says, “The Bay Area is arguably the most progressive market in the nation.  This move aligns ‘Talk 910’ with the predominant sentiment of the region in all prime dayparts, delivering compelling progressive or lifestyle content throughout the day.”  The new lineup is: Stephanie Miller from 6:00 am to 10:00 am, kellymoGil Gross from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Cory (Callewaert) and Joel (Riddell) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, “The Doghouse with JV & Elvis” (a.k.a. Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay) from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Los Angeles-based Mo’ Kelly from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Fox News Radio’s Alan Colmes from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Mo’ Kelly, a.k.a. Morris W. O’Kelly, hosts on weekends at iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles where he’s heard from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

talkersten logoThe Presidential Race Tops the Talkers TenTM for Week of March 28-April 1.  The activities of the candidates for president were once again the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the aftermath of the Brussels and Pakistan terror attacks.  Coming in at #3 was the battle against Islamic State followed by European migrant troubles at #4.  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.  View this week’s entire chart here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: News/Talk.  TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents an analysis of the performances of news/talk-formatted stations in PPM markets based on Nielsen Audio’s February 2016 survey.  Yesterday, we published a report on the all-news format.  IN this report, see how news/talk stations have progressed since the beginning of the presidential primary season last February.  Last month, there were 15 news/talk outlets that ranked in the top 5 (6+) in their respective markets – four ranked #1: WSB-AM, Atlanta; WLW, Cincinnati; KSL, Salt Lake City; and WKXW, Trenton (Middlesex-Somerset-Union market).  See charts showing fluctuations from February 2015, market share over the past six surveys, and comparing all-news and news/talk stations.  Read it here.

hallwells’97.1 The Fan’ in Columbus Adds Local Show with Tim Hall & Beanie Wells.  Columbus sports talker WBNS “97.1 The Fan” is moving former Ohio State and NFL running back Beanie Wells (right) into daylight to co-host the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon show with Tim Hall (left).  The duo had been hosting “The Buckeye Show,” airing evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Program director Jay Taylor tells WBNS-TV, “This is a great opportunity for our loyal and craving audience for get more local sports talk.  It also brings another exciting layer to our team on the highest-rated ESPN affiliate in the country.”

lundberggolicjrNew Early Morning Show Makes ESPN Radio Live 24 Hours on Weekdays.  Monday’s launch of “First and Last with Lundberg & Golic Jr.” means the ESPN Radio schedule will be live round the clock on weekdays.  The 4:00 am to 6:00 am show co-hosted by Robin Lundberg and Mike Golic Jr. will “recap the previous night’s highlights and delve into the coming day’s stories and will be preceded by a two-hour edition of ‘SportsCenter AllNight’ (2:00 am to 4:00 am).”  ESPN audio network content VP David Roberts says, “We are constantly looking for new, aggressive ways of serving sports fans.  Providing sports talk and information live, around the clock during the week underscores our commitment to offering our listeners another opportunity to engage with our network through a strong opinion-based program.  Robin Lundberg and Mike Golic Jr. will set the table perfectly for our flagship franchise, ‘Mike and Mike.’”

robertsonwillieFOX News Radio to Launch Willie Robertson Podcast.  Reality television star Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame is the host of a new podcast series debuting on Monday (4/4).  FOX News Radio says the weekly program will focus on faith and family along with occasional celebrity guest interviews.  Robertson will also serve as a FOX News contributor.  In conjunction with his role as CEO of Duck Commander, Robertson acts as both a television personality and executive producer for A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and The Outdoor Channel’s “Buck Commander.”  He has also co-written a New York Times bestseller titled, The Duck Commander Family with his wife, Korie Robertson.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

| October 25, 2012

Radio in the Northeast Should Be Prepared for a Potential Perfect Storm.  Last year, it was the Halloween Snowprise – an early cold snap fed by a lot of moisture that produced a foot of snow in some places, and felled leaf-laden trees and power lines, blacking out parts of the northeast US for days.  This year – Halloween Week could bring a trick some meteorologists are already calling “potentially historic” – a strong tropical storm or hurricane named Sandy, with the Northeast again in the crosshairs.  This rare climatic event could be what one network weather anchor called an “atmospheric bomb” – produced by a hurricane colliding head-on with a strong cold front. The jet stream bows northward as it approaches the coast, sucking the storm closer to land, instead of pushing it out to sea.  The scenario is eerily reminiscent of the 1991 “Perfect Storm,” which left 12 people dead and more than $200 million in damage after it slammed into the East Coast. Power outages and flooding were widespread.  Now is the time to prepare.  Howard B. Price of ABC News urges broadcasters in the Northeast to learn the lessons of two radio group operators, who faced serious operational challenges following the EF-5 tornado that leveled a third of Joplin, MO in May 2011, and Hurricane Irene in August 2011, whose impact was felt across the Northeast for days.  To read his timely and informative article click here.

CBS Radio’s Atlanta Sports Talker Debuts.  WZGC-FM, Atlanta “SportsRadio 92.9 The Game” sprang to life yesterday afternoon at 2:00 pm ET with the PM drive show “Game Time” with Carl Dukes, Kordell Stewart and Rachael Baribeau the first show to hit the air.  The trio talked Georgia sports, national sports and introduced the rest of the air staff to the listening audience.  The station lineup consists of: “Opening Drive” hosted by Rick Kamla, Randy Cross and C.J. Simpson in morning drive; Jerome Jurenovich and Jamie Dukes from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; “Mac & Jason at Night” with Mac McDonald and Jason Goff from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm; “Overtime” with Jim Murray from 10:00 pm to 2:00 pm; and “The Mitch Evans Experience” from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.  Programming the latest CBS Radio sports talk FM to go on the air is Terry Foxx.

KJRB, Spokane Drops Talk Shows for All-News Programming.  Mapleton’s news/talk KJRB, Spokane, Washington is eliminating most of its talk shows for an all-news approach.  The station drops TRN’s Laura Ingraham and Jerry Doyle and Cox Media’s Neal Boortz for TRN-operated America’s Radio News Network news blocks airing from 3:00 am to 7:00 pm.  The station maintains its local financial program from 12:00 noon to 12:30 pm and the KHQ-TV local news simulcast from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  It also continues to air The Wall Street Journal Radio Network’s “Daily Wrap” with Michael Castner in the evenings and CBS Radio’s “Overnight America” program.

Columbus Sports Talker Fired After Inappropriate Tweet.  Dispatch Broadcast Group has fired sports talk host Scott Torgerson about a week after he Tweeted, jokingly, that he wished for the firing or death of ESPN’s Desmond Howard.  Torgerson – former co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” PM drive show on WBNS, Columbus “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” – was initially suspended after the Tweet began to create a firestorm of criticism.  Ironically, the station used Twitter on Wednesday (10/24) to notify its fans that Torgerson was no longer with the company.  As AwfulAnnouncing.com’s Matt Yoder notes in his blog, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit – a former Ohio State quarterback and still beloved personality in Columbus – got involved in denouncing Torgerson’s Tweet and that probably added to the momentum necessary to make Dispatch let Torgerson go.  The fact that WBNS is an ESPN affiliate may or may not have been a contributing factor.  As of now, Mike Ricordati continues to host the PM drive show solo.  This is not the first case of a talent being fired for an insensitive or inappropriate Tweet and it won’t be the last.  Hosts who are hired to push the envelope and also use social media to do so for the purposes of promoting their act and their program have to be careful.  There are certain subjects that must be avoided.  Wishing death, injury or some other personal assault on someone – even as a joke – is likely to get the host in trouble and probably fired.

Larry King’s Third Party Candidate’s Debate Produced by Ora TV.  One way to look at it is that broadcasting legend Larry King’s days of hosting A-List politicians and celebrities for his interviews and debates is over as he has moved to the digital television network Ora TV.  But others might see fledgling internet TV stations as the future and all it will take is a smash internet TV show to capture the public’s interest and the medium will begin to compete seriously with broadcast and cable TV.  Now, Ora TV seems to be shooting for niche programming and Tuesday’s broadcast of King moderating a third party candidate’s debate provided that.  King hosted Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party for a program in which the four largely explained how they differ from the Democratic and Republican party candidates.  The debate was broadcast from the Chicago Hilton Hotel with a live audience.  King explained at the start, “We think all voices should be heard.  I think this is a noble cause.”  CSPAN did air the program on cable TV in the U.S.  Pictured here are Kristina Tobin, chair of the Free & Equal Elections Foundation (l) and Larry King (r).

Karel Joins Huffington Post Live Web Program.  Long Beach, California-based talk host Karel – heard on KGO, San Francisco and in syndication across the country – appeared on the Huffington Post’s half-hour roundtable talk show “HuffPost Live.”  The webcast program is hosted by Huffington Post’s Jacob and Alyona and usually features talent from afar piped in via web video batting around the issues of the day.  Karel is pictured here in his home studio via webcam on the “HuffPost Live” program.

Odds & Sods.  CBS Radio extends its deal with the NFL’s Chicago Bears to continue airing Bears play-by-play and other Bears-related programming on its Chicago signals.  The games will continue to be heard on all-news WBBM-AM/FM with programming such as “Bears All Access” airing on sports talk WSCR “The Score.”  The terms of the new deal was not announced…..Legendary college basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski returns to SiriusXM for his weekly “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K” program.  This is the eighth season Krzyzewski has hosted the program on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog channel.  For last night’s season opener, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino were guests…..Emmis’ KFTK, St. Louis “FM NewsTalk 97.1” is working with Americans for Prosperity on a promotion to sell gas to 200 lucky listeners for the “pre-Obama Administration” price of $1.84 per gallon.  FM NewsTalk 97.1’s Randy Tobler will broadcast live from the Country Club Car Wash in O’Fallon, Missouri from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Saturday, October 27.

WPRO, Providence Hosts Rhode Island Candidates Debate.  Cumulus Media’s WPRO & 99.7 FM in Providence hosted the candidates for the 1st Congressional District in Rhode Island for an hour-long, uninterrupted debate.  Pictured here at left is Democratic Congressman David Cicilline and, at right, Republican challenger Brendan Doherty in the studios at WPRO.  Not pictured is moderator and WPRO news director Bill Haberman who facilitated the contest.  In addition to airing the debate live on the radio with analysis during the Matt Allen program that followed the debate, WPRO provided a video stream and a live, interactive Tweet chat at 630wpro.com.

Benghazi Terrorism Question, Presidential Race Polls, Debate Aftermath, World Series and Hurricane Sandy Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/24).  The conflicting reports of who knew the Benghazi attack was an act of terrorism and when they knew it; the presidential race polls; analysis of the presidential debates; the Giants-Tigers World Series; and the looming threat to the U.S. from Hurricane Sandy were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.