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December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| December 30, 2021

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

Nielsen Audio’s December 2021 survey period covered November 11 – December 8.

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 November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” (Washington Football Team) 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, #13 to #11

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 7.7 – 6.8, -.9, third to fourth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” 1.6 – 1.7, +.1, #17 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 8.9 – 7.5, -1.4, first to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH, first month, 7.2 – 11.3, +4.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WASH (+4.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WAMU (-1.4)

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 4.9 – 4.1, -.8, repeats at #8

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 7.4 – 6.9, -.5, second to fourth

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) 8.7 – 8.5, -.2, #1

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” 3.4 – 3.2, -.2, continues at #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 2.6 – 3.2, +.6, #13 to #11

Boston University’s WBUR 3.9 – 2.9, -1.0, #10 to #15

Number One 6+: sports talk WBZ-FM, fourth successive month, 8.7 – 8.5, -.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMJX (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WBUR (-1.0)

MIAMI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WIOD “News Radio 610” 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #23 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.7 – 3.6, -.1, carries on in ninth-place

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT, second month in a row, flat at 9.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WIOD; adult contemporary WLYF; classic hits-oldies WMXJ; and urban contemporary WMIB (+.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: Spanish tropical WRTO (-.8)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville’s KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” (Seahawks) 6.5 – 6.6, +.1, first to second

News: Lotus Communications’ KOMO-AM & KOMO-FM “Seattle News, Weather, Sports” 4.9 – 5.3, +.4, sixth to fourth

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Seahawks) 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, #10 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.8 – 5.4, -.4, anchored in third-place

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM, first month, 5.0 – 7.9, +2.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KRWM (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classic rock KZOK and adult contemporary KSWD (-.8)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 3.4 – 2.8, -.6, continues at #14

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” (Pistons) 5.7 – 5.1, -.6, sixth to fifth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings) 5.8 – 5.5, -.3, fifth to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Michigan’s WUOM 2.1 – 1.8, -.3, locked on #17

Wayne State University-owned WDET 2.3 – 1.6, -.7, #16 to #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC, first month, 7.0 – 16.8, +9.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WNIC (+9.8)*

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOMC (-1.6)

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

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 5.1 – 4.6, -.5, third to fourth

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” (Arizona Cardinals and Sun) 3.4 – 2.9, -.5, #11 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ 4.6 – 4.8, +.2, fourth to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, fourteenth consecutive month, 6.7 – 12.9, +6.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KESZ (+6.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC KMXP (-1.0)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO “News Talk 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) 4.6 – 4.5, -.1, #11 to #9

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-AM “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” 3.2 – 3.1, -.1, #13 to #14

Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” 2.0 – 1.6, -.4, #16 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild) 6.6 – 7.2, +.6, fourth to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 8.0 – 7.8, -.2, first to second

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL, first month, 6.7 – 10.5, +3.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KQQL (+3.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (-1.1)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” 5.0 – 4.4, -.6, fifth to seventh and cluster-mate KFI “AM 640” 2.3 – 1.8, -.5, #16 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University-owned KPBS 4.7 – 5.3, +.6, sixth to fourth

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KXSN, third month in succession, 6.7 – 7.1, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KYXY (+2.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KLNV (-1.2)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.2 – 3.4, -.8, #8 to #12

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” (Lightning) 3.1 – 2.8, -.3, #13 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” 2.0 – 1.8, -.2, flat at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida-owned WUSF 3.1 – 2.3, -.8, #13 to #18

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, third month in a row, 7.5 – 8.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: hot AC WMTX (+1.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WRBQ (-1.4)

DENVER

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOA “News Radio 850” (Broncos) 3.2 – 2.9, -.3, unchanged at #11; KHOW “Talk Radio 630” 2.7 – 2.3, -.4, #15 to #17; and KDFD “Freedom 93.7” flat at 2.1, #18 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) 3.3 – 3.1, -.2, continues at #10

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR steady at 4.5, repeats at #7

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI, first month, 5.2 – 7.7, +2.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOSI (+2.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country KYGO (-1.1)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” 3.2 – 3.5, +.3, #12 to #10

Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” (Ravens) 2.9 – 2.3, -.6, #15 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” 5.4 – 4.5, -.9, repeats in fourth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation’s WYPR 4.3 – 3.8, -.5, sixth to seventh

American University-owned WAMU 2.5 – 3.2, +.7, #16 to #12

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WLIF, first month, 6.5 – 12.3, +5.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIF (+5.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: urban AC WWIN-FM (-1.8)**

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

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, flat at #13 and co-owned KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” 3.8 – 3.0, -.8, #13 to #14

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” flat at 1.1, #18 to #19 and KFTK’s internet stream – which had been unlisted the past five months – .6, #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” (Blues) 6.3 – 5.3, -1.0, repeats at #8

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #15 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary KEZK, first month, 6.4 – 12.5, +6.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KEZK (+6.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KLJY (-1.1)

 

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

 

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

November 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| December 3, 2021

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

Nielsen Audio’s November 2021 survey period covered October 14 – November 10.

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+).

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” (Washington Football Team) 4.2 – 3.5, -.7, #8 to #13

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 8.3 – 7.7, -.6, repeats at #3

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” 1.8 – 1.6, -.2, continues at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 8.7 – 8.9, +.2, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WAMU, second month in a row, 8.7 – 8.9, +.2

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban AC WHUR (+2.2)*

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban AC WMMJ (-2.3)**

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

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

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 4.1 – 4.9, +.8, remains in eighth-place

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 6.2 – 7.4, +1.2, third to second

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) 8.0 – 8.7, +.7, #1

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” 3.9 – 3.4, -.5, #9 to #11

Public Radio News/Talk: Boston University’s WBUR 3.7 – 3.9, +.2, #11 to #10

WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 3.0 – 2.6, -.4, #12 to #13

Number One 6+: sports talk WBZ-FM, third successive month, 8.0 – 8.7, +.7

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news – talk WBZ-AM (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: rock WGIR (-1.0)

MIAMI

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.6 – 3.7, +.1, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT, first month, 8.4 – 9.3, +.9

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban AC WHQT (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WMIB (-.7)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville’s KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” (Seahawks) 6.8 – 6.5, -.3, #1

News: Lotus Communications’ KOMO-AM & KOMO-FM “Seattle News, Weather, Sports” 5.4 – 4.9, -.5, fourth to sixth

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Seahawks) 4.7 – 3.8, -.9, seventh to tenth

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.5 – 5.8, +.3, locked at #3

Number One 6+: news/talk KIRO-FM, fifth straight month, 6.8 – 6.5, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: alternative KEXP (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease (Tie): sports talk KIRO-AM and country KKWF (-.9)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 3.1 – 3.4, +.3, repeats at #14

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” (Pistons) steady at 5.7, continues in sixth-place

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings) 5.9 – 5.8, -.1, fourth to fifth

Public Radio News/Talk: Wayne State University-owned WDET 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, stays at #16

University of Michigan’s WUOM 1.8 – 2.1, +.3, carries on at #17

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WOMC, first month, 6.8 – 7.2, +.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban AC WDMK (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban AC WMXD (-1.1)

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 4.7 – 5.1, +.4, fourth to third

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” (Arizona Cardinals and Sun) 3.8 – 3.4, -.4, #9 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station” (Sun) flat at 2.5, #16 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ 3.3 – 4.6, +1.3, #11 to #4

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, thirteenth consecutive month, 6.6 – 6.7, +.1

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

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: rock KUPD (-.9)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO “News Talk 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) 4.4 – 4.6, +.2, #12 to #11

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-AM “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” flat at 3.2, #14 to #13

Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” 1.7 – 2.0, +.3, #18 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild) 7.0 – 6.6, -.4, steady at #4

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 7.3 – 8.0, +.7, #3 to #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KNOW, first month, 7.3 – 8.0, +.7

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (+1.7)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: triple A KCMP (-1.2)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOGO “News Radio 600” 4.9 – 5.0, +.1, sixth to fifth; KFI “AM 640” 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, steady at #16; and KGB-AM “760 AM” 2.1 – 1.9, -.2, #16 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University-owned KPBS 5.1 – 4.7, -.4, fourth to sixth

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KXSN, second month in succession, 6.2 – 6.7, +.5

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): classic hits-oldies KXSN, country KSON, and Spanish contemporary XHFG (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: sports talk KWFN (-.7)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.3 – 4.2, -.1, fifth to eighth

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” (Lightning) 2.9 – 3.1, +.2, #15 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” 2.8 – 2.0, -.8, #17 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida-owned WUSF 3.0 – 3.1, +.1, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, second month in a row, 8.5 – 7.5, -1.0

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

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WDUV (-1.0)

DENVER

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOA “News Radio 850” (Broncos) 3.3 – 3.2, -.1, flat at #11; KHOW “Talk Radio 630” 2.8 – 2.7, -.1, #13 to #15; and KDFD “Freedom 93.7” 2.0 – 2.1, +.1, #19 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) 3.5 – 3.3, -.2, repeats in tenth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR 4.4 – 4.5, +.1, stays at #7

Number One 6+: Bonneville country KYGO, third month in a row, 6.1 – 6.2, +.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KXKL (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOSI (-.9)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” 2.9 – 3.2, +.3, #15 to #12

Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” (Ravens) 3.4 – 2.9, -.5, #12 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” 5.0 – 5.4, +.4, fifth to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation’s WYPR 3.7 – 4.3, +.6, ninth to sixth

American University-owned WAMU 1.0 – 2.5, +1.5, #19 to #16

Number One 6+: Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM, eleventh consecutive month, 8.8 – 8.5, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WAMU (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WERQ (-.9)

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 3.3 – 3.8, +.5, #14 to #13 and co-owned KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” 5.8 – 3.8, -2.0, #8 to #13

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” .9 – 1.1, +.2, repeats at #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” (Blues) 5.3 – 6.3, +1.0, ninth to eighth

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 2.6 – 2.3, -.3, remains at #15

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting rock KSHE, eleventh consecutive month, 9.6 – 9.2, -.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): sports talk WXOS and alternative KPNT (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news/talk KMOX (-2.0)

 

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

 

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

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

| November 3, 2021

iHeartMedia and DraftKings Enter into Multiplatform Deal. This new relationship between iHeartMedia and DraftKings is a “multi-year strategic relationship, making DraftKings the official odds supplier for iHeartMedia’s broadcast, digital, podcast and social platforms.” As part of this deal, DraftKings is now able to co-create and distribute longform content with iHeartMedia and will receive preferred access to iHeartMedia’s full roster of diverse personalities. Furthermore, DraftKings and iHeartMedia will collaborate around a wide range of possible content development opportunities, including the distribution of shows and segments across the media giant’s radio and digital properties and integrations within iHeartMedia’s live sports broadcasts. DraftKings and iHeartMedia will also collaborate on a number of possible experiential opportunities for listeners and fans including providing cross platform interactive games. iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group CEO Greg Ashlock says, “Even though we are number one in audio sports programming, we continue to build new sports content and DraftKings is an ideal partner as we expand and innovate. DraftKings is a premier sports technology and entertainment company that provides millions of customers with the best in real-money gaming products along with exceptional safety and security through various responsible gaming measures. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership everywhere sports betting is permissible.”

Round Two of October PPMs Released. The second of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s October 2021 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s October 2021 survey period covered September 16 – October 13. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Washington, Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-FM adds a full share to finish the survey with a 4.2 share (6+, weekly AQH share) and rises to the #8 rank in the market. At Bonneville’s crosstown all-news WTOP-FM, the station dips two-tenths for an 8.3 share and falls back to the #3 rank. iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRKO, Boston tacks on two-tenths for a 4.1 share and the #8 rank while sister all-news WBZ-AM dips four-tenths for a 6.2 share but remains ranked #3. But, the winner in Boston is Beasley Media Group’s sports talk WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub,” which adds six-tenths for an 8.0 share finish good for #1. In Seattle, Bonneville’s KIRO-FM continues in the #1 position even though it shed three-tenths and wrapped the survey with a 6.8 share. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets (as well as yesterday’s first round) here.

Former President Trump Featured in New Starnes Book. Pictured above is nationally syndicated talk radio host and author Todd Starnes (right) with former President Donald Trump (left) at Mar-a-Lago in in Florida where the two sat down for a 90-minute interview that will be the centerpiece of Starnes’ new book about American culture set to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2022.

Jake Query Partners with Kevin Bowen for Mornings on Emmis’ ‘The Fan 93.5 & 107.7.’ Indianapolis sports talk personality Jake Query is joining Emmis Communications’ Indy sports talker “The Fan 93.5 & 107.5” (WIBC-HD2/W228CX/W298BB) to co-host the morning drive program with current morning personality Kevin Bowen. Query was most recently with iHeartMedia’s crosstown sports talk WNDE-AM as co-host of the “Query and Schultz Show.” The new “Kevin & Query” show will air weekdays from 7:00 am to 10:0 am beginning Monday (11/8). Emmis Indianapolis VP of programming David Wood says, “Jake is an Indianapolis sports lifer and a gifted storyteller. It was clear that Kevin and Jake had an instant and interesting chemistry when they did several shows together in October. They are going to give Indy sports fans a consistently fun and informative show.” Query says, “During the last 22 months, I’ve been fortunate to gain many valuable, and previously overlooked, personal perspectives. One thing that needed no further solidification was my love for the city of Indianapolis. To be given the privilege to again speak to and with people from all corners and backgrounds of this town means the world to me. I’m grateful for the opportunity and am excited to be part of the trajectory of the morning show on ‘The Fan.’ It’s a great honor.”

Paul Windisch Named GSM for SummitMedia Springfield, Missouri. Radio sales pro Paul Windisch joins SummitMedia as general sales manager for the company’s Springfield, Missouri station group that includes news/talk KSGF-AM/FM and three music brands. Prior to joining SummitMedia, Windisch owned Freedom Consulting LLC, in which he helped companies grow through marketing consulting, sales training, recruitment, and operational strategy. Windisch says, “I believe we all should strive to bring out the best in others, whether that is the people I work with, peers, or clients. It’s clear Summit Media embodies these same principles, recognizing their people are their most important asset. I feel incredibly blessed and excited to join this company.”

Jerry Butler Upped to Market Manager for MARC Radio in Gainesville. Radio pro Jerry Butler is promoted to market manager for MARC Radio’s Gainesville, Florida that includes Christian teaching/talk WTMN/WRZN/WIWA and five music brands. Butler joined the company 14 months ago and has been leading the group’s local sales efforts. MARC Radio executive vice president Dave Cobb says, “Jerry Butler is an impressive mix of on-air talent, industry knowledge, experience and most importantly, results. Despite the economic challenges of the past year, Jerry has navigated our stations and inspired our local sales team to record-breaking sales. He’s earned this promotion and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next at MARC.” Butler adds, “My cause has always been economic empowerment. MARC Radio has assembled a team of passionate broadcasters who share our commitment to quality and growth. It’s an honor to grow with this incredible company.”

Key Networks to Rep Radio’s Fresh Eyes. Syndication firm Key Networks announces it has inked a deal with Radio’s Fresh Eyes to represent the radio culture and leadership consultancy’s services to stations for cash or barter. Radio’s Fresh Eyes is led by radio industry pros Dave Paulus and John Shomby whose goal is to work with radio groups of all sizes “to create a dominant and unparalleled employee culture, giving stations actionable steps to a winning culture.” Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green says, “When we started Key Networks, the goal was to be associated with the biggest brands and best in class product and people. Radio’s Fresh Eyes checks all the boxes, and I couldn’t be happier to be working with Dave and John on this project. They are consummate professionals who know all facets of the business and provide the leadership your station needs to win. That is Radio’s Fresh Eyes. They get it because they lived it. That’s all you need to know.”

NuVoodoo Names Andrea Parikh to Lead OOH Media-Trading Unit. Joining NuVoodoo Media Services to lead the firm’s new Out-of-Home Media-Trading unit is Andrea Parikh, whose title is digital OOH product developer and team leader. Parikh spent 16 years with Clear Channel Outdoor and in her new role will help NuVoodoo clients “leverage the intersection of mobile, social and digital media with billboards, transit shelters, street furniture and venue signage to reach consumers and in particular, the people most likely to participate in radio ratings.” NuVoodoo president Carolyn Gilbert says, “We couldn’t be happier that the person who led the rollout of digital Out-of-Home, mobile and data products at one of the world’s leading Out-of-Home media companies is now available exclusively to NuVoodoo clients in the radio industry. We welcome Andrea to the NuVoodoo team and look forward to doing even more for our clients through her extensive relationships and deep expertise.”

VA and NJ Governor’s Races, COP26 Summit, Biden Spending Bills, COVID-19, SCOTUS Texas Abortion Case, and World Series Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/2). Tuesday’s elections that saw Republican Glenn Youngkin defeat Democrat Terry McAuliffe for the Virginia governor’s seat and the still-too-close-to-call New Jersey gubernatorial race; the COP26 Summit in Glasgow and the issue of climate change; the status of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and $1.75 trillion economic plan; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the controversy over vaccine mandates, and vaccines approved for kids; the Supreme Court’s hearing of the Texas abortion law case; and the Atlanta Braves’ victory over the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| November 3, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

WASHINGTON, DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOSTON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIAMI

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

SEATTLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DETROIT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

MINNEAPOLIS

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

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

SAN DIEGO

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

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

TAMPA

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

DENVER

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

BALTIMORE

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

ST. LOUIS

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

| October 19, 2021

Bongino: ‘Me or the Vaccine Mandate.’ Nationally syndicated talk radio personality Dan Bongino told listeners to his Monday (10/18) program that he’s issuing an ultimatum to Westwood One owner Cumulus Media that he will quit the radio show he’s been hosting since May 24 of this year if the company insists on mandating that workers return to the offices/studios after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The Washington Examiner reports that the author and media personality is vaccinated but he is “standing up against the company’s ‘political decision’ so that people without platforms could make a ‘private and personal medical decision.’” He tells his employer, “You can have me, or you can have a vaccine mandate, but you can’t have both.” He added, “I have no intentions of letting these guys get let go, get harassed, because they made a private and personal medical decision on only one of the biggest issues of our time. There is a real thing called natural immunity. There is an even realer thing called freedom and liberty. This is a constitutional republic. People have the right to make their own medical decisions.” There’s been no public response from Cumulus Media management so far.

Salem Radio Network Host Dennis Prager Contracts COVID-19. According to a story by KUSA-TV, Denver, Salem Radio Network talk host Dennis Prager has contracted COVID-19, missing three days of his program last week. Prager was back on the air on Monday (10/18) and told his listeners that he had hoped to get COVID to achieve natural immunity. Prager attended a campaign event in Colorado Springs hosted by Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl on October 10. He said, “That is what I hoped for the entire time. I engaged with strangers, constantly hugging them, taking photos with them, knowing that I was making myself very susceptible to getting COVID – which is, indeed, as bizarre as it sounded.” Obviously, it’s difficult to tell where Prager contracted the virus, be it at the event, traveling to or from Colorado, or elsewhere. Ganahl’s campaign issued the following statement: “The campaign was not aware Dennis had contracted COVID until the announcement on his show. We have not been made aware of anyone who attended the event outside of Dennis’ inner circle getting the virus. We are reaching out to all those who attended to make sure they are informed. We encourage those who attended, and all Coloradans for that matter, to get tested and follow CDC guidelines if they experience any COVID-like symptoms.” Prager told his listeners he credits his recovery to treatments including ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

Porretti to Lead Katz Digital Audio.  Radio sales pro Scott Porretti is promoted to president of Katz Digital Audio where he’ll continue to oversee all Katz Digital Audio offerings, manage relationships with an expansive roster of publishing and technology partners, and further the growth of podcasting and programmatic digital audio on behalf of current and new partners. He was most recently EVP of Katz Digital Audio. Porretti says, “We have seen an explosion of growth in the digital audio space that is not slowing, with more people listening on their various devices than ever before. In addition, an increasing number of data attribution companies have shown undeniable validation of the unique and positive impact digital audio has on advertisers looking to reach their consumers. I am so proud of what our team has accomplished and extremely excited to help shape where our industry is heading to support Katz’s ever-expanding position in the digital marketplace and help our clients execute effective digital audio campaigns.” Katz Media Group CEO Mark Gray comments, “Katz excels at helping brands reach and engage with consumers in meaningful, impactful ways. Scott’s in-depth knowledge and vast background in developing audio solutions across a variety of platforms has helped Katz grow its diverse digital offerings and proprietary technologies. Scott’s effective team leadership style, and his extraordinary vision in this marketplace, has catapulted Katz Digital to a place where it is now viewed by advertisers as a one-stop-shop to reach diverse audiences with unparalleled scale.”

TALKERS News Notes. The Radio Advertising Bureau announces that iHeartMedia president, multiplatform group and president, Black Information Network Tony Coles joins its board of directors. Coles takes over the seat from iHeartMedia’s Darren Davis, who is retiring from the company at year’s end…..FOX News Media announces that its FOX News Digital closed out the third quarter of 2021 earning the top spot in both multiplatform minutes and multiplatform views, reaching over 5.2 billion multiplatform views (+10 percent vs Q2’21) and nearly 10.6 billion multiplatform total minutes (+8 percent vs Q2’21) for the second consecutive quarter, according to Comscore. The company goes on to say that in September, the digital network surpassed CNN.com in total multiplatform minutes for the seventh month in a row and outperformed all other news brands in the news competitive set, with 3.6 billion minutes, also according to Comscore. In September, the digital network notched over 1.8 billion total multiplatform views, outpacing CNN.com in the metric yet again and delivering over 100 million multiplatform unique visitors…..Connoisseur Media’s news/talk WICC-AM, Bridgeport, Connecticut adds FM translator W297CP at 107.3 FM as an additional frequency. Program director Allan Lamberti says, “With the addition of an FM frequency, we will really be able to get local news and information to more of the listeners of Bridgeport and beyond. This is a community that is underserved by local television news and really WICC is the only radio station that delivers it.”…..PodcastOne inks a “high seven-figure renewal deal” with podcast host and former Wall Street attorney Jordan Harbinger that keeps him and his eponymous program with the network for the foreseeable future. “The Jordan Harbinger Show” launched with the network in 2018 and PodcastOne says the show’s download numbers are nearing 11 million monthly and over 300 million all-time. PodcastOne president Kit Gray says, “Jordan embodies what podcasting is all about. His impeccable interviewing skills, his unmatched rapport with guests, his integrity and his knowledge of marketing and the business of podcasting are keystones in the growth of ‘The Jordan Harbinger Show’ and his audience is ever expanding. Not only is Jordan a dream partner in podcasting, he’s also a dear friend and we are looking forward to, and anticipating, even bigger things in 2022 and beyond.”

Global Supply Chain/Inflation, January 6 Investigation/Bannon Contempt, COVID-19, Afghanistan Withdrawal Investigation, and Colin Powell Dies Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/18). Concerns about the effects the global supply chain breakdown will have over the winter and of soaring retail prices; the investigation into the January 6 Capitol attack and former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s risking criminal contempt over his refusal to testify; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and mask & vaccine mandates; the State Department inspector general’s probe of the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan; and former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies at 84 after complications from COVID were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

WBZ-AM and FEMA Unveil Emergency Studio. Pictured above at the WBZ-AM emergency broadcast facility in Hull, Massachusetts are WBZ’s Ben Parker (left) and FEMA’s IPAWS division director Antwane Johnson (right) at a ceremony for the refurbished facility on Friday (10/15). iHeartMedia‘s WBZ-AM facility serves as a Primary Entry Point (PEP) station for FEMA’s National Public Warning System (NPWS), maintained under FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and provides critical information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters. Under the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act enacted in 2015, Congress required FEMA to upgrade PEP stations across the country to ensure continuity of terrestrial broadcast services under all hazards. PEP stations are specially designated NPWS broadcast stations that serve as the primary intake source of initial broadcasts for a national alert. FEMA equips these stations, which are operated by local station personnel, with backup communications equipment and power generators that enable them to continue broadcasting information to the public during and after an emergency, including conveying official alerts to communities regionally and nationwide.