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November 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| December 2, 2021

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

Nielsen Audio’s 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+).

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 2.4 – 2.6, +.2, #17 to #15

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.2 – 2.4, +.2, #18 to #17

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 2.8 – 3.6, +.8, #14 to #8 and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, #19 to #18

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 3.3 – 3.2, -.1, flat at #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 3.6 – 2.9, -.7, #8 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, fourth straight month, 7.0 – 6.8, -.2

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news WINS (+.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: classical WQXR (-.8)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 3.2 – 3.5, +.3, tenth to eighth

News: Audacy’s KNX “1070 News Radio” 3.1 – 2.9, -.2, #11 to #10

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (Chargers and Clippers) 2.5 – 2.2, -.3, #13 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, fourth successive month, 6.3 – 6.0, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: smooth AC KTWV (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: Spanish adult hits KLYY (-.9)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” (Blackhawks) 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, locked in ninth-place

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) 6.7 – 5.7, -1.0, #1

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) 2.5 – 2.1, -.4, #14 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 4.9 – 4.7, -.2, third to fifth

Number One 6+ (Tie): news WBBM-AM & WCFS, third straight month, 6.7 – 5.7, -1.0 and iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT, first month, 4.6 – 5.7, +1.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIT (+1.1)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news WBBM-AM & WCFS (-1.0)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, remains at #19

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.0 – 7.2, +1.2, third to second

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 6.9 – 4.0, -2.9, second to sixth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.2 – 7.8, +.6, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, eleventh straight month, 7.2 – 7.8, +.6

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news KCBS-AM & KFRC (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: sports talk KNBR (-2.9)*

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

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 3.6 – 3.4, -.2, ninth to tenth

News – Talk: Audacy’s KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” 1.9 – 2.2, +.3, #23 to #19

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” (Stars) 4.0 – 4.1, +.1, fifth to sixth

Audacy’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, flat at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 3.0 – 2.8, -.2, stays at #15

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR KHKS, fourth month in a row, 5.4 – 5.1, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban contemporary KKDA-FM (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: hot AC KDMX (-.6)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” 4.8 – 4.9, +.1, seventh to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, #18 to #19

Number One 6+ (Tie): iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, seventh consecutive month, 6.5 – 6.6, +.1 and Univision regional Mexican KLTN, first month, 6.2 – 6.6, +.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): contemporary Christian KSBJ and CHR KRBE (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KQQK (-.6)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 9.6 – 9.3, -.3, #1

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” (2021 World Series champion Braves) 2.2 – 3.0, +.8, #17 to #11

Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons and Hawks) 2.9 – 2.5, -.4, #11 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.4 – 2.7, +.3, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: news/talk WSB-AM, 30th consecutive month, 9.6 – 9.3, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): sports talk WCNN and urban AC WALR (+.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news/talk WGKA (-.6)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Audacy-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” 1.4 – 1.5, +.1, #20 to #19

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.3 – 5.2, -.1, sixth to fourth

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Eagles) 5.5 – 5.1, -.4, fifth to sixth

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers and Flyers) 1.8 – 2.3, +.5, #17 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 5.6 – 5.2, -.4, flat at #4

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM, eleventh straight month, steady at 8.7

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classic rock WMGK (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: triple A WXPN (-.6)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.7 – 3.0, +.3, #15 to #13

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.9 – 3.5, +.6, #12 to #10 and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 2.8 – 3.0, +.2, steady at #13

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 4.9 – 4.5, -.4, continues in fourth-place

Public Radio News/Talk:  None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, fourth straight month, 6.3 – 6.9, +.6

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: CHR WHTZ (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: CHR WBLI (-1.1)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 2.7 – 2.6, -.1, #14 to #13

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+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, eighth straight month, 8.6 – 7.5, -1.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KRQB (+.7)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KOLA (-1.1)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, #15 to #14

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 5.7 – 6.2, +.5, carries on in second-place

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 4.0 – 2.0, -2.0, #6 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.9 – 8.3, +.4, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, tenth month in a row, 7.9 – 8.3, +.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (+1.8)**

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: sports talk KNBR (-2.0)

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

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 3.7 – 4.6, +.9, tenth to eighth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 3.0 – 2.6, -.4, #12 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 4.1 – 3.9, -.2, repeats at #9

Number One 6+: Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ, third month in a row, 7.4 – 7.8, +.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news/talk WKXW (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WXBK (-2.2)***

***Eight (8) days into the November sweep (10/22), country WNSH flipped to urban contemporary WXBK

Up next: November 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

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

October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| November 2, 2021

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

Nielsen Audio’s 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+).

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 2.2 – 2.4, +.2, #18 to #17

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.4 – 2.2, -.2, #16 to #18

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” flat at  2.8, #13 to #14 and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 2.4 – 2.1, -.3, #16 to #19

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees and Giants) 2.7 – 3.3, +.6, #14 to #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 3.4 – 3.6, +.2, tenth to eighth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, third straight month, 8.3 – 7.0, -1.3

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: Spanish contemporary WXNY (+.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-1.3)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 3.8 – 3.2, -.6, seventh to tenth

News: Audacy’s KNX “1070 News Radio” 3.0 – 3.1, +.1, #10 to #11

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (Dodgers and Chargers) 2.1 – 2.5, +.4, #18 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 3.0 – 2.0, -1.0, #10 to #20

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, third successive month, 5.5 – 6.3, +.8

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk KPCC (-1.0)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” 3.6 – 3.5, -.1, anchored at #9

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) 6.6 – 6.7, +.1, #1

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Cubs) steady at 2.5, #16 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 4.3 – 4.9, +.6, fourth to third

Number One 6+: news WBBM-AM & WCFS, second straight month, 6.6 – 6.7, +.1

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

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): hot AC WTMX; adult contemporary WRME-LP; and news/talk WLS-AM (-.6)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” flat at 1.7, #18 to #19

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.5 – 6.0, -.5, locked at #3

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants and 49ers) 7.0 – 6.9, -.1, remains in second-place

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.9 – 7.2, -.7, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, tenth straight month, 7.9 – 7.2, -.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: rhythmic hot AC KRBQ (+.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): public radio news/talk KQED and regional Mexican KRZZ (-.7)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 4.0 – 3.6, -.4, seventh to ninth

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” 3.6 – 4.0, +.4, #11 to #5

Audacy-owned KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) 1.8 – 2.3, +.5, #21 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 3.1 – 3.0, -.1, #14 to #15

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR KHKS, third month in a row, 4.6 – 5.4, +.8

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: CHR KHKS (+.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): country KPLX and regional Mexican KZZA (-.5)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” flat at 4.8, carries on at #7

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF steady at 2.6, #19 to #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, sixth consecutive month, 6.6 – 6.5, -.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KLTN (+.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): urban AC KMJQ; Spanish contemporary KLOL; and regional Mexican KTJM (-.5)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 9.7 – 9.6, -.1, #1

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons) flat at 2.9, #10 to #11

Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” (Braves) 1.9 – 2.2, +.3, repeats at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.3 – 2.4, +.1, unchanged at #14

Number One 6+: news/talk WSB-AM, 29th consecutive month, 9.7 – 9.6, -.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: gospel WPZE (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: CHR WWPW (-1.2)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Audacy-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” 1.6 – 1.4, -.2, continues at #20

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.4 – 5.3, -.1, fourth to sixth

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Phillies and Eagles) 4.8 – 5.5, +.7, seventh to fifth

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, #18 to #17

The internet stream of Audacy-owned WIP 1.6 – 1.4, -.2, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 5.1 – 5.6, +.5, fifth to fourth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM, tenth straight month, 8.3 – 8.7, +.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: sports talk WIP (+.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: CHR WIOQ (-.6)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 3.1 – 2.7, -.4, #14 to #15

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 3.2 – 2.9, -.3, #13 to #12 and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.5 – 2.8, -.7, #12 to #13

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees and Giants) 4.4 – 4.9, +.5, repeats at #4

Public Radio News/Talk:  None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, third straight month, 5.4 – 6.3, +.9

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (+.9)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): news WINS and rhythmic CHR WQHT (-.7)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 2.9 – 2.7, -.2, #11 to #14

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+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, seventh straight month, 8.7 – 8.6, -.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies KDAY (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KRTH (-1.4)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” steady at 2.1, #16 to #15

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 5.5 – 5.7, +.2, repeats at #2

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants and 49ers) 4.9 – 4.0, -.9, third to sixth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.8 – 7.9, +.1, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, ninth month in a row, 7.8 – 7.9, +.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classical KDFC (+1.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KBAY (-1.1)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 4.4 – 3.7, -.7, sixth to tenth

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 2.1 – 1.7, -.4, #19 to #20

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees and Giants) 2.8 – 3.0, +.2, #14 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 4.1 – 3.9, -.2, repeats at #9

Number One 6+: Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ, second month in a row, 6.9 – 7.4, +.5

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLTW (+2.4)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic rock WAXQ (-1.1)

Up next: October 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

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

Monday, September 21, 2020

| September 21, 2020

Monday Memo: Attention Is Not for Sale. What’s for sale? Clicks, on Facebook and Twitter and Google. And broadcasters and podcasters are buying. And as consultant Holland Cooke warns, “If you’re broadcasting and not also podcasting, you’re late.” In this week’s column HC offers 7 tips “before you spend a dime on social media ads.” Read it here.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies/Supreme Court Justice Battle, the Presidential Race, COVID-19 Stats & Projections, Western Wildfires, the TikTok Deal, Tropical Storm Beta, and the Emmy Awards Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the battle over the nomination for her seat; the November presidential election; the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and projections for future cases; the wildfires burning in California, Oregon, and Washington; the deal to allow Oracle to acquire the U.S. version of TikTok; Tropical Storm Beta bears down on the Gulf Coast; and Sunday night’s Emmy Awards were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Pending Business: What’s That Computer Doing? Sales and marketing consultant Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications, writes today about what radio sales people have to offer that programmatic sales cannot. Read more here.

Pandemic Forces Changes at Atlanta Sports Talk “680 The Fan.” As reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho, Dickey Broadcasting Company-owned WCNN-AM “680 The Fan” has let a number of air staff go in a move forced by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on company revenue. Morning drive personality Stephen “Steak” Shapiro and early afternoon host John Kincade are both out, as is WFOM-AM/W292EV “Xtra 106.3” host Mark Zinno. The company has moved talent from “Xtra 106.3” to WCNN and will now simulcast all programs across all of the signals. Moving to mornings alongside Sandra Golden and Brian Finneran is John Michaels. “Hometeam” Brandon Leak and Joe Hamilton move to “The Fan” in the 9:00 am to 11:00 am slot, and Hutson Mason and Tug Cowart join Buck Belue for the 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm program. John Kincade had worked alongside Belue for the past 20 years.

WFLA, Tampa Morning Personality Jack Harris Celebrates 50 Years on Air. A piece in the Tampa Bay Times recognizes WFLA morning host Jack Harris’ celebration of 50 years in the radio biz, almost all of it spent in the Tampa Bay market. The 79-year-old Harris got his start in his native West Virginia while still in high school. He’s been hosting the “AM Tampa Bay” program on iHeartMedia’s WFLA-AM, Tampa Bay for the past 27 years.

Mary Sandberg Boyle Upped to Vice President and General Manager for WGN-AM, Chicago. Rising from her general manager role to vice president and general manager at Nexstar Media Group’s WGN Radio is Mary Sandberg Boyle. The company says, “She joined WGN Radio in 2015, where she was instrumental in the development and launch of ‘The Opening Bell,’ a weekday morning business show. She has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at WGN Radio, including executive producer, director of news and operations, and acting general manager. Sandberg Boyle was named WGN Radio’s general manager in December 2019 and has led the station through the current COVID-19 pandemic, initiating a series of new policies and procedures designed to improve workflow and keep the staff safe. She has also overseen a number of programming and personnel changes that have increased WGN Radio’s ratings, which are up 31% among adults 25 to 54 according to the latest available ratings.” Nexstar EVP Sean Compton says, “Mary has done an outstanding job under less than ideal circumstances. She is innovative, thoughtful and determined, and she has forged a great working relationship with the staff. She is a respected leader in Chicago media and this promotion is well-deserved. I look forward to WGN Radio’s continued growth under Mary’s guidance.”

TALKERS News Notes. WBAL-AM, Baltimore talk host Clarence Mitchell IV, a.k.a. C4, is named Best Radio Host by the readers of Baltimore Magazine in its 2020 Best of Baltimore Readers Poll. Mitchell had been serving as the Hearst Television station’s midday personality until this summer when he moved to morning drive as co-host alongside Bryan Nehman…..Sports media giant ESPN says that the unusual confluence of all major professional sports in August “heated up ESPN Podcast listenership, as ESPN posted its best month ever and grew 29% over August 2019.” ESPN Audio vice president, digital marketing and strategy Tom Ricks adds, “It is clear that when current events are on the mind of listeners – be it sports or politics – fans turn to our network of podcasts for the best in analysis, storytelling and discussion. As baseball heads towards the playoffs, the NFL starts up and the election comes closer, we are focused on delivering our best for fans in a time like no other.” ESPN says that according to the Podtrac Podcast Category Audience Rankings, in August ESPN was home to 13 of the top 30 podcasts, including five of the top 10. “The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz – which in August added two hours of podcast-exclusive content each weekday – ranked second with a unique audience of 1.282 million.”…..Westwood One’s “Dan Bongino Podcast” featured President Donald Trump speaking with host Dan Bongino in which the president shared his thoughts on polling accuracy, Twitter, Section 230, and other topics…..FOX Sports Radio’s new iHeartRadio original podcast, “Lights Out with Shawne Merriman,” launched on Friday (9/18) and featured Merriman speaking with two-time NFL Pro Bowler Quentin Jammer about athletes and depression, and how he nearly committed suicide.

Joe Madison to Host ‘The Vote Must Go On’ Broadcast Special. Talk host Joe Madison will host a special program on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel titled, “The Vote Must Go On: In Person or By Mail,” that will air tomorrow (9/22) at 7:00 am ET. The program addresses issues such as how voters can safely and fairly cast their ballots amid the pandemic, the potential for voter suppression, voter fraud, and more. Madison will lead the discussion that will include top elected officials from several states – representing both parties – along with members of Congress including: Ellen L. Weintraub, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Election Commission; Debra Cleaver, founder and CEO of VoteAmerica; Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman and House Oversight Committee Chair; Scott T. Nago, Hawaii Chief Election Officer; Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State, Tahesha Way, New Jersey Secretary of State; Kim Wyman, Secretary of State of Washington; and Bill Burgess, president of the Oregon Association of County Clerks.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Over the weekend, iHeartMedia presented the 10th edition of the iHeartRadio Music Festival with a virtual stream of performances on The CW App and CWTV.com, and a radio broadcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide. The event featured performances from: Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, BTS, Coldplay, Kane Brown with special guests Khalid & Swae Lee, Keith Urban, Migos, Miley Cyrus, Thomas Rhett with surprise guest Jon Pardi, Usher and more, recorded live on stages in Nashville and Los Angeles. The CW Network will also broadcast the two-night televised on Sunday, September 27 (8:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET) and Monday, September 28 (8:00pm to 10:00 pm ET)…..Broadcast Music Inc, Beasley Media Group, and Xperi’s HD Radio are launching a new radio program series titled “100 Years of Hit Makers.” Beasley says it’s part of a year-long campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast in the U.S., and to highlight the continuing importance of radio, especially in our current climate. The series will take acclaimed songwriters from the country, rock, and R&B/hip-hop genres and give music fans everywhere a behind the scenes glimpse into the writing of their hit songs. “100 Years of Hitmakers” will air on 33 Beasley Media Group radio stations, as well as on demand here.….Hubbard Radio’s alternative KDKB, Phoenix “ALT AZ 93-3” adds the Premiere Networks-syndicated morning program “The Woody Show” for the 5:00 am to 10:00 am daypart. As a result, “The Mo! Show” moves to the midday daypart.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

| February 7, 2018

KTRH, Houston’s Michael Berry Chats On Air with iHM CEO Bob Pittman.  During a visit to the Houston offices of iHeartMedia, company CEO Bob Pittman took a few minutes to sit in on the Michael Berry show based at flagship station KTRH, Houston.  He talked with Berry about his belief in the audio experience.  “I’m bullish on audio…depends on how you count it, we’re probably the number two podcaster in the U.S., behind NPR.  Podcasting has shown that, oh my gosh, people actually want to listen to people go in depth.  Certainly, radio has this enormous listenership…but we’re adding these pieces to it to make this even better and we’re doing this because the audience wants it.”  He also expressed his belief that smart speakers – such as Google’s Alexa – are the new clock/radio for the consumer’s home, citing their growth in popularity and ease of use.  Check out the segment here.

PodcastOne Series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” Rebranding with Expanded Scope.  Beginning this week, in marking its third anniversary, the weekly PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” will transition to a new name and incorporate a wider scope of guests and topics.  Under the new title, “The Michael Harrison Interview,” the program will be less targeted to the talk media and radio industries and more aimed at a worldwide general audience consisting of what its host,TALKERS founder Michael Harrison, describes as “media freaks,pop culture aficionados, political junkies and the philosophically curious.”  Although the newly positioned podcast will still include guests from the talk media field, it will also delve deeper into politics, science, the arts, technology, sociology, sports and philosophy.  As far as the weekly audio interviews with talk media figures that “Up Close and Far Out” has encompassed are concerned, Harrison will continue to conduct them and post them on Talkers.com.  According to Harrison, “Nothing will change in that regard.  We have been very successful with the Talkers interviews and will continue to do them.  I will basically be doing an extra podcast each week with this expanded vehicle.”   In announcing the expansion of the PodcastOne series, company founder and executive chairman Norm Pattiz states, “I met Michael Harrison decades ago in Los Angeles when he was managing editor of Radio & Records.  He also was a leading major market music and talk personality on KMET and syndicated nationally as a star performer on several of the top networks including Westwood One.  He had an amazing range and skill set as a broadcaster.  He voluntarily gave that up as the years passed to concentrate on his role as a trade magazine publisher and industry thought-leader.  In time, most folks in the business forgot that he was one of the best interviewers and all around broadcasters in radio.  I’m pleased to say that his performance on ‘Up Close and Far Out’ these past three years caused many people in the industry to take notice of his outstanding talent as an interviewer beyond just the topic of radio.  It has led to a number of stand-out, major market fill-in appearances and now, this new podcast.  I’m delighted to roll out one of the best kept secrets in the radio business – Michael Harrison as a world class talk show host.”  To listen to the debut installment of “The Michael Harrison Interview” featuring a deep-dive conversation with The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech, please click here.

Judge Shoots Down Request by Nielsen and Bubba Attorneys to Use Electronic Devices in Pre-Trial Conference.  When the pre-trial conference gets underway on Friday (2/9) at 11:30 in U.S. District Court in Tampa, the lawyers for both sides in the Nielsen vs Bubba the Love Sponge case will be without their laptops, iPads and smartphones.  Lawyers for both parties filed a Joint Motion to Permit Use of Electronic Equipment, but were denied.  Nielsen is suing Bubba the Love Sponge for $1 million for damages related to the ratings manipulation case in the Tampa market.  Bubba is countersuing.

TALKERS News Notes.  There’s a programming change at Dickey Broadcasting’s sports talk WCNN-AM/W229AG, Atlanta “680 and 93.7 The Fan” as the morning drive and late morning shows flip-flop.  “The Front Row” with Steak Shapiro, Sandra Golden, and Brian Finneran moves to the morning drive slot and the Nick Cellini and Chris Dimino show moves from mornings to the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon daypart.  The rest of the program schedule stays as is…..Another high-profile departure from NPR happens amidst allegations of sexual impropriety.  This time, award-winning investigative journalist Daniel Zwerdling exits the organization, according to a report in The Current.  The story says that all NPR would confirm is that Zwerdling is no longer on the staff.  Zwerdling himself states that allegations of sexual harassment are untrue and that he retired from NPR in January.  But, the story notes that “at least two NPR staffers reported Zwerdling to human resources in November.”  It also reports that subsequent allegations go back to the mid-1990s.  Zwerdling is quoted saying, “The allegations are not true.  When the movement started sweeping across the nation recently to expose sexual harassers and predators, I applauded it.  I still do.  The current national reckoning regarding sexual harassment is a momentous opportunity for America to make itself a better, safer and more equitable country.  Yet as many have already observed, there are also perhaps predictable and troubling collateral casualties along the way. The allegations against me are one of those instances.”

Former WFNI-AM/WIBC-FM, Indianapolis Staffer Loses Harassment Case Against Emmis.  The complaint against Emmis by former WFNI and WIBC, Indianapolis digital brand manager Kristine Esser Slentz was dismissed after Emmis sought a Motion to Strike and a Motion for Summary Judgement and was granted those motions.  The court also sustained Emmis’ objections to Slentz’s evidence as hearsay.  In her complaint, Slentz said that two show producers with whom she interacted in the course of her job, called her a “bitch” behind her back and criticized her work, among other actions she says created a hostile work environment.  But the court granted Emmis’ motions due to its agreement that any name-calling was hearsay – never heard by Slentz herself, and that the actions alleged on the part of the two producers, if true, did not cross the thresholds necessary for a hostile work environment claim.

Nominees Being Accepted for National Radio Hall of Fame. March 30 is the deadline for nominations for the 30th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction that will take place in New York City in November.  The NRHOF nominating committee wants you to know you should make suggestions for individuals in the following categories: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more), Active Local/Regional (10 years or more), Networks/Syndication (10 years or more), Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more), Music Format On-Air Personality, and/or Spoken Word On-Air Personality.  National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig T. Kitchin says, “We’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone anniversary in New York City.  As we prepare for the special evening, it’s our priority to provide everyone the opportunity to be a part of it, starting with suggestions for our 2018 nominees.”

RAB: Radio’s Digital Revenue Grew 13.4% in 2017.  This data comes from the Radio Advertising Bureau and Borrell Associates study called, “Benchmarking Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues.”  This is the 6th annual RAB-Borrell report that analyzes online ad revenue from more than 10,000 radio stations, as well as survey responses from more than 1,300 local businesses that buy radio advertising.  Among the findings: 1) 85% of radio advertisers are also buying some form of digital advertising, and that three-quarters of them are buying digital and radio together; 2) digital ad revenue now accounts for 7.5% of the average station’s ad revenues, up from 6.3% last year; 3) digital revenue grew 13.4% in 2017, to a total of $700 million.  The forecast for 2018 is even higher; and 4) radio advertisers’ top marketing goal is to acquire new business, and they rank social media and radio as the top two methods to achieve those goals.  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments, “Digital has been integrated into all facets of broadcast radio’s offering both in programming and sales, and the results are definitely paying off.  As radio continues to provide integrated marketing solutions to its advertisers we expect to see continued growth.  The RAB is focused on providing digital training and continued knowledge building for our members so they can better serve their clients.”  RAB members can get the full report here.

Dow Activity/Bitcoin Value Swings, Trump-Russia Investigation, Trump Requests Military Parade, Government Shutdown Threat/Immigration Policy, FBI Surveillance Memo/Texting Scandal, Illegal Charged with NFL Player’s Death in DUI, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Black Panther Film, LA Times Sale, and NBA Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/6).  The Dow returns more than 500 points and the related fluctuating value of Bitcoin; the Robert Mueller-led investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives; President Trump requests the Pentagon stage a military parade; the renewed threat of a government shutdown and President Trump’s insistence on immigration reform being tied to a spending bill; the release of the Nunes FBI surveillance memo and the suggestion that the FBI texting scandal involved Barack Obama; a twice-deported illegal alien is charged in the DUI death of Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson; the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea; the political messages within The Black Panther film; the Los Angeles Times is sold to a SoCal billionaire doctor; and NBA action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

 

 

Music Radio News and Career Moves. St. Louis morning drive personality Courtney Landrum re-ups with Entercom’s hot AC KYKY “Y98” on a multi-year deal.  At the same time, the name of the morning show is being changed to “Courtney and Company.”  The station says that “Y98” personalities Jen Myers, Kevin “The Intern” Berghoff, and Lance Hildebrand will remain on the show.  Landrum began her professional career as producer for “The Steve and DC Morning Show” in St. Louis in the early 1990s.  She joined “Y98” in 1999 as producer and co-host of “The Phillips and Company Morning Show,” and has been with the morning show ever since…..In Los Angeles, SVP/market manager Val Maki and VP/sales Janet Brainin make an unexpected exit from Meruelo Media Los Angeles, operator of classic hip hop simulcast “KDAY” – KDAY, Redondo Beach and KDEY, Ontario – and hip hop KPWR “Power 106.”  Both transitioned to Meruelo after having been with Emmis at KPWR for years prior to the sale of the station to Meruelo…..KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” evening personality Cassidy Quinn is covering the Winter Olympics embedded as a reporter for NBC.  KUPL program director MoJoe Roberts says, “There is no better-suited person to capture the stories and behind-the-scenes moments than Cassidy!  We can’t wait to see and hear these highlights come to life from her perspective.”…..Indiana-based Woof Boom flips former Christian contemporary WKHL, West LaFayette to adult contemporary (with new calls WLQQ) as “Q106.7” after purchasing the station from Educational Media Foundation…..Eric Garcia exits his audio revenue chief position at Spanish Broadcasting System and his additional position as VP/GM of WSKQ/WPAT, New York.  At SBS New York, Albert Rodriguez COO of SBS is the interim general manager and Elizabeth “Liz” Paulino was promoted to general sales manager.

PPM Analysis: Adult Contemporary.  Managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2017 PPM survey, today focusing on adult contemporary.  The Holiday survey is usually a bonanza for adult contemporary outlets since Christmas music is such a part of their programming and the fluctuations in 6+ numbers from the December survey to the Holiday survey bear that out as “eight of 10 adult contemporary facilities noted here (80%) are up December 2017 – Holiday 2017, while 18% are down; the remaining 2% are steady.”  Looking at a comparison of Holiday 2016 to Holiday 2017, “approximately the same number of adult contemporary stations on this sample decline year-to-year (49%) as improve (46%), while the remaining 5% are flat.”  An amazing 38 AC stations ranked #1 in their respective markets (6+) during the Holiday survey.  See the whole report here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

| August 21, 2017

Chris Christie Out of Running for WFAN PM Drive Gig.  Outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has taken himself out of the running for the afternoon drive gig at CBS RADIO’s sports talk WFAN, New York.  On Sunday, the governor’s spokesperson released a statement issuing what’s being called a correction to a New York Daily News piece that indicated Christie was told he is no longer in the running for the job.  Christie called the Daily News story “totally incorrect” and said the following: “After considering the other options that I have been presented with for post-gubernatorial employment, I declined their request to do additional shows.  I made station executives aware that while I would be happy to continue to fill in for Boomer when asked and when available, that they should no longer consider me as a candidate interested in any job at WFAN when I leave the governorship.  I made that clear to them prior to leaving for my family vacation two weeks ago.”  Meanwhile, NorthJersey.com reports that CBS RADIO states no decision about filling Mike Francesa’s daypart has been made.

Bubba’s Attorneys Challenge Judge’s Ruling Limiting Nielsen MRC Documents. Lawyers for Bubba the Love Sponge have filed a formal objection to a Magistrate Judge’s recent ruling limiting the documents Nielsen must provide regarding the Media Rating Council’s issues with the accreditation of the PPM to the Tampa market.  Nielsen is suing Bubba the Love Sponge claiming his tampering with the PPM survey in the Tampa market causing it damages to the tune of $25 million.  Bubba’s lawyers were recently granted documents related to the MRC’s concerns about PPM methodology, but only in the Tampa market.  They seek MRC documents related to all PPM markets and they say that’s relevant because Nielsen’s allegation of damages suffered relates to “contract price concessions allegedly demanded by a Nielsen subscriber, Cox Media Group, Inc. (‘Cox’), for its entire nationwide contracts with Nielsen, including both radio and television broadcast contracts.”  Further, Bubba’s lawyers argue, “Defendants counter that Nielsen’s ratings system has fundamental flaws that are known throughout the radio industry, and therefore, Nielsen cannot claim reputational damages in this action.  In support of this claim, Defendants sought discovery from MRC, the media and television industry’s watchdog for media measurements research and methodology, regarding MRC’s issues with the accuracy of Nielsen’s ratings system, including MRC’s decision not to accredit Nielsen’s PPM surveys.”

KTTH, Seattle Names New AM Show. Changes to the morning drive daypart take place at Bonneville’s Seattle news/talker KTTH as the KSTE, Sacramento-based Armstrong & Getty show is cancelled and local personality Jason Rantz becomes the new morning host.  Rantz moves over to KTTH from the company’s sister talk station KIRO-FM where he’s been co-hosting the “Jason & Burns” evening program with Zak Burns, who remains at KIRO-FM hosting the show solo.  The changes take effect on September 5.  About his new show, Rantz says on MyNorthwest.com, “What can you expect on the show?  Well, a lot of what you heard previously.  I’ll be taking on progressive activists who are trying to silence and bully us.  I will have rational conversations about President Trump.  I will have fun, interviewing interesting people, while exploring all the issues that actually impact our lives.  I’ll also give you live traffic reports so you can get to work on time and have some special surprises up my sleeve!”

Jimmy Barrett Co-Hosting KTRH’s ‘Houston’s Morning News.’  The new co-host of KTRH, Houston’s morning drive program moves into the role from iHeartMedia’s Richmond, Virginia news/talk WRVA.  Jimmy Barrett is named to work with news anchor Shara Fryer hosting “Houston’s Morning News,” replacing Matt Patrick, who passed away in June after a battle with cancer.  iHeartMedia Houston director of AM programming Bryan Erickson states, “Jimmy has a big voice, a big heart and big shoes to fill.  It’s impossible for anyone to replace Matt Patrick and we all know that.  I think Matt’s audience will embrace Jimmy as we move forward from what has been a very difficult time.”  Barrett has been host of WRVA’s morning show for the past 16 years.

Chris Rude Leaves Atlanta’s ‘Fan.’  As reported by Rodney Ho at the AJC, morning personality Christopher Rude has exited the Dickey-owned sports talk outlet WCNN “680 and 93.7 the Fan” after 15 years.  Rude was joined on his “Rude Awakening” program by former sports talk WQXI personalities Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini in recent years and WCNN is going to continue with that duo hosting a renamed morning program.  Before signing on with WCNN, Rude had hosted mornings at then-rock WKLS “96 Rock.”  Read Ho’s AJC piece here.

Barcelona Terror Attack, Bannon Exits Trump Administration, Confederate Memorial Removals, Trump on Afghanistan, U.S.-North Korea Tensions, Monday’s Solar Eclipse, Jerry Lewis Dies at 91, Sunday’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode, MLB Action, and NFL Pre-Season Games Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend.  Friday’s deadly terror attack in Barcelona and the search for the van driver; the firing of White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon; the wave of Confederate monuments being removed from public buildings and parks; President Trump’s plan to address the military and the nation on his policy for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan; the ongoing military tensions between the U.S. and North Korea; today’s solar eclipse; the death of Jerry Lewis at age 91; Sunday night’s new season seven episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; the weekend’s Major League Baseball action; and NFL pre-season action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes.  Nationally syndicated talk show host Mike Gallagher will originate his Salem Radio Network program from KKNT, Phoenix “AM 960 The Patriot” during the day tomorrow (8/22) and will deliver on-site coverage of President Trump’s rally at the Phoenix Convention Center at 7:00 pm…..Named senior vice president & chief HR officer at Cox Media Group is Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner.  She succeeds Karen Bennett, who was named Cox Communications’ new EVP & chief HR officer last month.   CMG president Kim Guthrie comments, “Mary Ellen is a proven Cox leader, with over 20 years in the automotive business, and she brings with her a strong understanding of our Cox values, most importantly that our employees are truly our most valuable resource.”…..NuVoodoo Media Services joins forces with Amplifi Media to present the results of a recent study of 9,000 Millennial podcast listeners nationwide at Podcast Movement on Thursday, August 24 in Anaheim.  Amplifi Media founder and CEO Steve Goldstein and NuVoodoo EVP research analysis Leigh Jacobs will present the new research findings, along with insights and video highlights of dozens of one-on-one interviews of Millennial podcast listeners at the 11:00 am session…..The New Jersey Broadcasters Association is marking its 70th anniversary at a special awards dinner and gala on November 2 at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City.  The theme of the event is “Broadcast’s Heritage and Enduring Impact on Society.” NJBA will honor of Mr. Ben Ferencz, (the only surviving Nuremberg Prosecutor) with its Howard L. Green Humanitarian of the Year Award and induct the 2017 NJBA Hall of Fame class…..Jacobs Media recently presented the findings of the Millennial Research Project before the Public Radio Program Directors Association at this year’s PRPD Content Conference in Washington, DC.  Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs states, “We immersed ourselves into the lives of a dozen Millennial public radio listeners.  We spent a full day with each of them, from the time they woke up through their workday and back at home, observing their media and lifestyle activities.  This project speaks volumes about media, journalism, politics, and the perceptions of Millennials.  Public radio plays an important role but it’s essential to understand how these listeners are similar and how they are different from the traditional audience.”

Smidt: July 2017 PPM Review.  Broadcast advisor Clark Smidt reports some of his thoughts from the July 2017 PPM survey ratings results from Nielsen Audio.  Smidt adds more to his hypothesis that markets see more AQH share change when PPM meters change households.  He also notes some interesting results for HD stations that are showing up in the PPM surveys and which markets show higher than average HD listening.  See it all here.

 

 

Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Jerry Lee-owned hot AC WBEB, Philadelphia “101.1 MORE-FM,” Mark Shepperd takes over the afternoon drive show.  WBEB program director Chuck Knight comments, “Mark is one of the most versatile people in radio.  He has filled many different roles for us in various full and part-time positions over many years, most recently swing.  We feel Mark’s upbeat energy and style is a perfect match to drive home Philly’s largest afternoon radio audience.”  Shepperd fills the role vacated by Logan who exited to do mornings at WINK-FM, Fort Myers…..From Blaine Thompson’s Indiana Radio Watch, program director and midday personality Dave Michaels exits Federated Media’s country WQHK, Fort Wayne.  Additionally, Michaels had been voice-tracking an afternoon shift on Talking Stick Communications’ country WAWC, Syracuse, Indiana and will now host that shift live.  Meanwhile, Federated Media programmer Jimmy Knight will assume the PD role at WQHK, adding to his programming duties for CHR WMEE…..Cox Media Group’s alternative WSUN, Tampa “97X” announces the lineup for its “97X Next Big Thing” concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on December 2-3.  The Lumineers and Paramore are headlining and other acts include: Walk the Moon, X Ambassadors, Vance Joy, Portugal. The Man, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Saint Motel, Joywave, Magic Giant, Misterwives, The Aces, Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo, Arkells, and Vinyl Theatre.