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June 2022 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| July 17, 2022

June 2022 PPM Data – Information for the June 2022 survey period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s June 2022 sweep covered May 26 – June 22.

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 May 2022 – June 2022 (6+).

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 5.1 – 5.2, +.1, fifth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 1.3 – 1.8, +.5, #20 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 6.2 – 5.9, -.3, locked in third-place

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, sixth month in a row, steady at 8.7

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: country KOKE-FM (+.9)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease (Tie): hot AC KAMX and classical KMFA (-.6)

 RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 7.2 – 8.0, +.8, fourth to third

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, repeats at #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” 2.4 – 1.9, -.5, #15 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 7.6 – 7.7, +.1, third to fourth

Number One 6+: Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL, fourth successive month 7.8 – 9.4, +1.6

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: country WQDR-FM (+1.7)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease:  adult hits WBBB (-2.2)*

*Represents the largest May 2022 – June 2022 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 8.5 – 9.4, +.9, anchored in the runner-up slot

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 “The Fan” flat at  2.8, repeats at #12

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting-owned WFYI 4.8 – 4.0, -.8, seventh to tenth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK, sixth successive month, 11.8 – 12.6 +.8

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: triple A WTTS (+2.0)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: country WFMS (-1.2)

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Brewers) 10.3 – 11.4, +1.1, #1

iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 9.6 – 9.0, -.6, second to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Good Karma Brands-owned WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” 1.5 – .9, -.6, #15 to #17

iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.0 – .8, -.2, #17 to #18

Audacy’s WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” 1.0 – .8, -.2, continues at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 5.1 – 4.2, -.9, seventh to ninth

Number One 6+: news/talk WTMJ, third month in succession, 10.3 – 11.4, +1.1

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: news/talk WTMJ (+1.1)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: rock WHQG (-1.3)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 5.9 – 6.9, +1.0, remains in fourth-place

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.7 – 1.7, -1.0, #14 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” 3.2 – 2.1, -1.1, #12 to #13

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” 1.6 – .9, -.7, #19 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 5.6 – 5.4, -.2, seventh to eighth

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, sixth month in a row, 8.9 – 9.8, +.9

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WJXA (+1.3)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: sports talk WGFX (-1.1)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 4.8 – 4.6, -.2, fifth to sixth

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” unchanged at .6, repeats at #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” steady at 4.4, continues in eighth-place

Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” 3.5 – 3.3, -.2, stays at #9

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 2.7 – 2.9, +.2, locked in tenth-place

Rhode Island Public Radio’s WNPN 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, #11 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, fifth straight month, 11.7 – 11.5, -.2

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase (Tie): hot AC WSNE and classic hits-oldies WNBH (+.5)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: sports talk WVEI (-.6)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Sinclair’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 3.4 – 3.3, -.1, repeats in tenth-place

News: iHeartMedia-owned WNOH “BIN 105.3 Because Truth Matters” steady at .4, continues at #20

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” 1.8 – 1.2, -.6, #15 to #18

Sinclair’s WTAR “Sports Radio 850” flat at .4, remains at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, sixth month in succession, 8.9 – 10.0, +1.1

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: urban AC WVKL (+1.1)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: sports talk WVSP (-.6)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 9.6 – 9.2 -.4, repeats in second-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” .9 – .6, -.3, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT 3.4 – 3.1, -.3, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL, second straight month, 9.8 – 9.4 -.4

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase:  adult contemporary WEZI (+1.0)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: CHR WKSL (-.7)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” 2.1 – 2.4 +.3, ninth to eighth and cluster-mate WJNO “News Radio 1290” 1.9 – 1.4, -.5, #11 to #12

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 1.3 – 1.0, -.3, #12 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” .8 – .6, -.2, repeats at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board’s WLRN 3.3 – 3.0, -.3, anchored in seventh-place

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, sixth month in succession, 10.0 – 8.9, -1.1

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WOLL (+2.9)**

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: hot AC WRMF (-1.1)

**Represents the largest May 2022 – June 2022 increase (6+) of any station from all 48 PPM-markets

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 6.6 – 5.8, -.8, fifth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 2.8 – 2.5, -.3, #11 to #12

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 1.0 – 1.1, +.1, continues at #14

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, sixth month in a row, 13.0 – 11.0, -2.0

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: country WTQR (+2.1)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: urban AC WQMG (-2.0)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 2.4 – 3.0, +.6, #14 to #11

Cumulus Media-owned WKIM “News/Talk 98.9, The Roar of Memphis” flat at .7, continues at #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” 3.7 – 3.0, -.7, #9 to #11 and WMFS’ internet stream .8 – .6, -.2, #18 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications-owned WKNO 1.5 – 1.9, +.4, locked at #16

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO, sixth successive month, 12.6 – 13.4, +.8

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase (Tie): urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO and country WLFP (+.8)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: urban-rhythmic oldies WDIA (-2.1)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 4.8 – 5.3, +.5, ninth to eighth

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” flat at .6, #17 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WUCS “97.9 ESPN” steady at .8, repeats at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications-owned WNPR 7.9 – 7.5, -.4, continues in the runner-up slot

New England Public Media’s WFCR flat at .4, stays at #20

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 28th month in a row, 11.6 – 12.0, +.4

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Increase: alternative WMRQ (+.8)

Largest 6+ May 2022 – June 2022 Decrease: classic rock WDRC-FM (-1.0)

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

February 2022 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| March 25, 2022

February 2022 PPM Data – Information for the February 2022 survey period has been released for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s February 2022 sweep covered February 3 – March 2

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 January 2022 – February 2022 (6+).

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 4.4 – 4.7, +.3, eighth to ninth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 2.0 – 2.2, +.2, repeats at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 6.8 – 6.3, -.5, second to third

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, second month in a row, flat at 8.7

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: country KASE (+1.3)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease (Tie): regional Mexican KLZT and classic rock KLBJ-FM (-1.1)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 7.4 – 7.6, +.2, remains in third-place

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 3.3 – 2.0, -1.3, #11 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) 2.7 – 1.8, -.9, #13 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 9.6 – 8.5, -1.1, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, second consecutive month, 9.6 – 8.5, -1.1

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: adult hits WBBB (+1.7)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: news/talk WPTF (-1.3)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 10.6 – 9.7, -.9, repeats at #2

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 “The Fan” (Pacers) 4.6 – 3.9, -.7, eighth to tenth

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” steady at .9, anchored at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting-owned WFYI 5.7 – 5.9, +.2, fifth to sixth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK, second successive month, 11.2 – 12.1 +.9

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WYXB (+1.4)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: news/talk WIBC (-.9)

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 9.7 – 9.5, -.2, first to second

Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Bucks) 7.2 – 7.6, +.4, repeats in fourth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.8 – 1.6, -.2, flat at #15

Good Karma Brands-owned WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” 1.8 – 1.5, -.3, #15 to #16

Audacy’s WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” 1.2 – .8, -.4, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.8 – 5.6, +.8, ninth to sixth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT, first month, 9.3 – 10.2, +.9

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: classic rock WKLH (+1.3)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: country WMIL (-1.8)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 6.9 – 7.2, +.3, second to third

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.6 – 3.3, +.7, #13 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” 4.7 – 2.4, -2.3, #9 to #14

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) 1.1 – .7, -.4, #19 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 6.6 – 6.0, -.6, fourth to sixth

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, second month in a row, 7.2 – 8.2, +1.0

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase (Tie): adult hits WCJK and country WSM-FM (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: sports talk WGFX (-2.3)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 7.0 – 6.9, -.1, third to fourth

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” .7 – .8, +.1, #16 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Celtics, and Bruins) 4.4 – 3.7, -.7, sixth to eighth

Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 4.2 – 3.6, -.6, seventh to ninth

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 2.8 – 2.9, +.1, locked at #10

Rhode Island Public Radio’s WNPN 2.8 – 2.3, -.5, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, first month, 10.4 – 11.1, +.7

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WWLI (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease (Tie): country WCTK and sports talk WBZ-FM (-.7)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Sinclair’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” flat at 2.3, #13 to #14

News: iHeartMedia-owned WNOH “BIN 105.3 Because Truth Matters” .5 – .3, -.2, #21 to #20

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” 1.5 – 1.1, -.4, #17 to #18

Sinclair’s WTAR “Sports Radio 850” .6 – .3, -.3, repeats at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, second straight month, 11.1 – 10.6, -.5

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: rhythmic CHR WNVZ (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary WVBW (-1.2)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 9.6 – 10.2 +.6, #1

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” .9 – 1.2, +.3, #18 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  3.4 – 3.7, +.3, #12 to #10

Number One 6+: news/talk WOKV-FM, second consecutive month, 9.6 – 10.2 +.6

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WEZI (+1.6)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: country WQIK (-1.3)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 2.9 – 2.3, -.6, eighth to ninth

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” flat at 1.7, unchanged at #11

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” 1.7 – 1.3, -.4, #11 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” steady at .6, repeats at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board’s WLRN flat at 3.2, stays in seventh-place

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, second month in succession, 9.1 – 9.6, +.5

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: classic hits-oldies WEAT (+1.5)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: classic rock WKGR (-2.4)*

*Represents the largest January 2022 – February 2022 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 6.5 – 5.7, -.8, remains in fifth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS & WPCM 600 AM & 920 AM” .6 – .5, -.1, stays at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 4.0 – 3.6, -.4, eighth to ninth

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 1.8 – 1.6, -.2, repeats at #14

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, second straight month, 14.2 – 13.4, -.8

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: country WPAW (+1.1)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease (Tie): urban AC WQMG; news/talk WPTI; and country WTQR (-.8)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 2.6 – 3.0, +.4, #12 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” (Grizzlies) 4.7 – 3.5, -1.2, eighth to tenth and WMFS’ internet stream flat at .7, anchored at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 2.6 – 1.3, -1.3, #12 to #17

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO, second successive month, 14.1 – 12.4, -1.7

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase: urban AC KJMS (+1.8)**

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO (-1.7)

**Represents the largest January 2022 – February 2022 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” steady at 5.3, unchanged at #7 and WTIC-AM’s internet stream .5 – 1.5, +1.0, #16 to #13

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut”.9 – 1.1, +.2, #15 to #14

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” .2, #20 (WPOP was unlisted in January 2022)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WUCS “97.9 ESPN” 1.2 – 1.1, -.1, remains at #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications-owned WNPR 8.6 – 9.6, +1.0, continues in second-place

New England Public Media’s WFCR .5 – .4, -.1, #16 to #19

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 24th successive month, 11.6 – 10.9, -.7

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Increase (Tie): public radio news/talk WNPR and news/talk WTIC-AM’s internet stream (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2022 – February 2022 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WHCN (-2.0)

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com   

December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| January 3, 2022

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 2021 survey period has been released for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

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

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+).

 

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 5.0 – 5.3, +.3, fifth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 2.0 – 2.4, +.4, #16 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 6.9 – 6.8, -.1, repeats in third-place

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, tenth consecutive month, 8.0 – 8.7, +.7

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KKMJ (+1.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country KVET-FM (-1.3)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 7.3 – 7.0, -.3, fourth to third

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” steady at 2.9, repeats at #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) 2.6 – 2.5, -.1, flat at #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 8.1 – 8.5, +.4, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, fourteenth consecutive month, 8.1 – 8.5, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: alternative WDCG-HD2 (+1.3)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: urban AC WFXC (-.7)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 7.8 – 8.1, +.3, second to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 “The Fan” (Colts and Pacers) 7.5 – 4.2, -.3.3, third to seventh

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” .6 – .9, +.3, #20 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 7.1 – 6.8, -.3, sixth to fifth

Number One 6+: Emmis adult contemporary WYXB, first month, 7.2 – 10.7 +3.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WYXB (+3.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: sports talk WIBC-HD2 (-3.3)*

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

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” unchanged at 10.3, #1

Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Green Bay Packers and Bucks) 7.6 – 7.1, -.5, second to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.9 – 1.8, -.1, #15 to #16

Audacy-owned WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” 1.3 – 1.0, -.3, #16 to #17

Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” .9 – .7, -.2, #17 to #19

iHeartMedia-owned WOKY “The Big 920” flat at .6, stays at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.2 – 4.1, -.1, locked in tenth-place

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board’s WHAD .7 – .6, -.1, #19 to #20

Number One 6+: news/talk WISN, second month in a row, steady at 10.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase:; urban contemporary WXSS-HD2 (+1.6)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: rock WHQG (-.7)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 5.9 – 5.3, -.6, fifth to eighth

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.5 – 2.0, -.5, #14 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) 5.5 – 5.2, -.3, tenth to ninth

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) 1.2 – 1.0, -.2, remains at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 5.7 – 5.8, +.1, eighth to fifth

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA, first month, 5.8 – 8.6, +2.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WJXA (+2.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic rock WNRQ (-2.2)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 5.2 – 5.8, +.6, anchored at #5

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” .8 – 1.1, +.3, #19 to #15

News – Talk: iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” 1.5 – 1.3, -.2, #12 to #14

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) unchanged at 4.0, ninth to seventh

Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 4.4 – 3.6, -.8, seventh to ninth

Public Radio News/Talk: Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 3.0 – 2.4, -.6, repeats in tenth-place

WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.4 – 2.3, -.1, continues at #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, fifth straight month, 11.3 – 10.5, -.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WWLI (+2.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: CHR WPRO-FM (-1.2)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Sinclair’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 2.8 – 2.1, -.7, #12 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” 1.1 – 1.2, +.1, repeats at #19

Sinclair-owned WTAR “Sports Radio 850” .5 – .4, -.1, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 38th consecutive month, 11.0 – 10.2, -.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: rhythmic hot AC WMOV (+3.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult hits WNOB (-1.6)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 8.0 – 8.7, +.7, repeats in third-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” flat at .4, remains at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  3.0 – 3.3, +.3, #12 to #10

Number One 6+: Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ, first month, 8.7 – 10.8, +2.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WEJZ (+2.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): CHR WAPE and contemporary Christian WCRJ (-1.1)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 2.4 – 1.8, -.6, #12 to #15

iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” (also) 2.4 – 1.8, -.6, #12 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 2.7 – 3.0, +.3, ninth to seventh

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WEAT, first month, 6.7 – 9.4, +2.7

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WEAT (+2.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WOLL (-2.3)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 4.6 – 4.1, -.5, locked in seventh-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS & WPCM 600 AM & 920 AM” unchanged at .4, #16 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.7 – 4.1, +.4, ninth to seventh

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 1.5 – 1.9, +.4, anchored at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, seventh month in a row, 12.1 – 13.0, +.9

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

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult hits WSMW and classic rock WKRR (-1.1)

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

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 3.8 – 3.2, -.6, anchored in tenth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: (Three) Audacy cluster-mates WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” (Grizzlies) 4.2 – 4.4, +.2, eighth to seventh; WMFS’ internet stream flat at .5, #17 to #18; and WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” steady at .2, continues at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 2.6 – 2.3, -.3, #12 to #13

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, tenth consecutive month, 12.0 – 11.3, -.7

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WRVR (+3.6)

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

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 5.7 – 5.2, -.5, continues in seventh-place

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” .8 – .9, +.1, #14 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” .8 – .9, +.1, #14 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 7.0 – 7.1, +.1, locked in third-place

New England Public Media’s WFCR unchanged at .4, #16 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 21st successive month, 10.8 – 14.9, +4.1

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

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classic rock WDRC-FM and alternative WMRQ (-.8)

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

 

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November 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| December 7, 2021

November 2021 PPM Data – Information for the November 2021 survey period has been released for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

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+).

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 5.2 – 5.0, -.2, fourth to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 1.9 – 2.0, +.1, unchanged at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 7.4 – 6.9, -.5, second to third

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, ninth consecutive month, 9.0 – 8.0, -1.0

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): adult contemporary KKMJ and Spanish adult hits KLJA (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: adult hits KBPA (-1.0)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 6.3 – 7.3, +1.0, continues in fourth-place

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 2.2 – 2.9, +.7, #15 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) flat at 2.6, steady at #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 9.2 – 8.1, -1.1, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, thirteenth consecutive month, 9.2 – 8.1, -1.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: gospel WNNL (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WUNC (-1.1)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 7.2 – 7.8, +.6, fifth to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 “The Fan” (Colts and Pacers) 5.1 – 7.5, +.2.4, eighth to third

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” .5 – .6, +.1, remains at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 6.0 – 7.1, +1.1, stays in sixth-place

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media adult hits WJJK, tenth successive month, 9.0 – 9.6 +.6

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: sports talk WIBC-HD2 (+2.4)*

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: country WLHK (-1.8)

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

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 9.3 – 10.3, +1.0, second to first

Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Green Bay Packers and Bucks) 9.8 – 7.6, -2.2, first to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.8 – 1.9, +.1, locked at #15

Audacy-owned WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” 1.0 – 1.3, +.3, #17 to #16

Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” .8 – .9, +.1, #18 to #17

iHeartMedia-owned WOKY “The Big 920” .8 – .6, -.2, #18 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.1 – 4.2, +.1, repeats at #10

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board’s WHAD .8 – .7, -.1, #18 to #19

Number One 6+: news/talk WISN, first month, 9.3 – 10.3, +1.0

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase:; CHR WXSS (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news/talk WTMJ (-2.2)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 7.3 – 5.9, -1.4, second to fifth

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” steady at 2.5, #15 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) 6.0 – 5.5, -.5, seventh to tenth

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) flat at 1.2, repeats at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 4.9 – 5.7, +.8, ninth to eighth

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, eleventh consecutive month, 7.8 – 8.4, +.6

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: country WSIX (+1.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news/talk WWTN (-1.4)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 5.1 – 5.2, +.1, remains in fifth-place

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” .7 – .8, +.1, #20 to #19

News – Talk: iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” flat at 1.5, steady at #12

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 4.3 – 4.4, +.1, repeats at #7

Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) 5.0 – 4.0, -1.0, sixth to ninth

Public Radio News/Talk: Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 2.2 – 3.0, +.8, #11 to #10

WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.5 – 2.4, -.1, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, fourth straight month, 13.9 – 11.3, -2.6

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WWLI (+1.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: rock WHJY (-2.6)**

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

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Sinclair’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 2.6 – 2.8, +.2, #14 to #12

News: iHeartMedia-owned WNOH “BIN 105.3 Because Truth Matters” .8 – .5, -.3, repeats at #20

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” 1.2 – 1.1, -.1, #18 to #19

Sinclair-owned WTAR “Sports Radio 850” flat at .5, #21 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 37th consecutive month, 10.6 – 11.0,+.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classic rock WAFX (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: adult hits WNOB (-1.4)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 8.2 – 8.0, -.2, second to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM”.6 – .4, -.2, repeats at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  4.1 – 3.0, -1.1, #9 to #12

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL, first month, 7.9 – 9.4, +1.5

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WJGL (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WJCT (-1.1)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 2.1 – 2.4, +.3, #13 to #12

iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 2.9 – 2.4, -.5, #9 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.4 – 2.7, -.7, sixth to ninth

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, second month in a row, 9.2 – 9.7, +.5

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: country WIRK (+.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian WAYF (-.8)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 4.5 – 4.6, +.1, continues in seventh-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS & WPCM 600 AM & 920 AM” steady at .4, flat at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 2.9 – 3.7, +.8, tenth to ninth

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 1.7 – 1.5, -.2, stays at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, sixth month in a row, 11.9 – 12.1, +.2

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

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: CHR WKZL (-.3)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 3.6 – 3.8, +.2, repeats at #10

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy cluster-mates WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” (Grizzlies) 4.1 – 4.2, +.1, ninth to eighth; WMFS’ internet stream .3 – .5, +.2, #18 to #17; and WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” .3 – .2, -.1, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 2.1 – 2.6, +.5, #13 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, ninth consecutive month, 11.3 – 12.0, +.7

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban AC KJMS (+.7)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease (Tie): urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO and similarly-formatted WDIA (-.9)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 6.0 – 5.7, -.3, repeats in seventh-place

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” flat at .8, stays at #14

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” locked at .2, carries on at #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” unchanged at .8, remains at #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 7.4 – 7.0, -.4, anchored at #3

New England Public Media’s WFCR flat at .4, repeats at #16

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 20th successive month, 10.3 – 10.8, +.5

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

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: CHR WKSS (-.9)

 

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

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

| June 22, 2021

Round Four of May PPM Survey Results Released. The fourth and final round of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s May 2021 PPM sweep has been released for 12 markets: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Mike Kinosian presents his “Ratings Takeaways” from these markets. After ballooning by more than four full-shares in April 2021 (5.6 – 9.7, +4.1, 6+), the highest (6+) gain by any station in all 48 PPM markets (March 2021 – April 2021), Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ relinquishes one-half share to 9.2 (6+). Even so, “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” is the solitary mainstream news/talker from these 12 metros to achieve #1 status (May 2021, 6+). Cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WISN “News Talk 1130” forfeits eight-tenths (7.4 – 6.6, fourth to third, 6+). In other head-to-head news/talk battles, iHeartMedia Raleigh’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” improves by two-tenths (5.0 – 5.2, seventh to sixth, 6+), while Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” gains three-tenths (1.8 – 2.1, #16 to #14, 6+). Nashville’s format share dips a combined seven-tenths: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” (7.1 – 6.7, third to fourth, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.2 – 1.9, flat at #17, 6+) drop four-tenths and three-tenths, respectively. At the same that Cumulus Media Providence’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” sheds two-tenths (4.8 – 4.6, sixth to seventh, 6+), cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” improves by that margin (.7 – .9, #21 to #19, 6+). West Palm Beach is a completely mixed bag: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” is up one-half share (3.0 – 3.5, ninth to seventh, 6+); cluster-mate WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” surrenders eight-tenths (2.0 – 1.2, #13 to #17, 6+); and Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” is flat at 2.0 (steady at #13, 6+). Three Hartford news/talk facilities populate the top 20: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” (5.1 – 4.7, -.4, flat at #8, 6+); Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” (1.0 – .8, -.2, stays at #15); and iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” (unchanged at .2, #18 to #17, 6+).  Read Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets (and the three previous market groups) here.

Saga Communications Declares A Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $.16 per share. The dividend will be paid in about four weeks (7/16) to shareholders of record on June 30, 2021. It will be funded by cash on the company’s balance sheet. Including this dividend, Saga Communications will have paid over $72 million in dividends to shareholders since the first special dividend nine years ago (2012). Saga currently intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends as declared by the board of directors. Going forward, the board may also consider declaring special cash dividends, stock dividends, and stock buybacks.

Media Consultant (and TALKERS columnist) Holland Cooke Ties-the-Knot.  Moments after filing this week’s TALKERS Monday Memo column, noted media consultant and TV talk show host Holland Cooke was married to his longtime friend, Sarah Collins. The happy couple is pictured at their private ceremony in Key West, Florida. Ms. Collins is a financial analyst and fellow New Englander.

Audacy Expands Crooked Media Partnership. It does so by carrying “Lovett or Leave It” across Audacy original station Channel Q and the LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network. The podcast will be heard each Monday from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Channel Q stations in 32 markets and via the Audacy app, effective next week (6/28). “Lovett or Leave It” is hosted by former President Barack Obama’s speechwriter Jon Lovett and features guests that include comedians, actors, journalists, activists, and politicians. Audacy executive vice president of programming Jeff Sottolano remarks, “The show’s quick and witty flair for discussing the most relevant topics surrounding today’s political and pop culture landscapes is what differentiates itself; we look forward to welcoming the show to the Channel Q family.” Crooked Media senior vice president of programming Sandy Girard states the podcast is “where Jon Lovett talks about everything from the most pressing political and social issues to what everyone is bingeing on TV, to the latest trends in scientific advancement – all with his incredibly intelligent and hilarious point of view. We’re so excited to expand our partnership with Audacy to bring ‘Lovett or Leave It’ to even more listeners around the country and to kick it off with our special Pride episode ‘Out of The Closets and Into the Streets.’” Popular “Lovett or Leave It” segments include “The Rant Wheel,” where each guest delivers a prepared rant to a hot cultural topic, and “The High Notes,” where listeners share personal anecdotes about finding optimism in these challenging times. Lovett co-founded progressive media company Crooked Media with Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor in 2017. He co-created the NBC-TV comedy “1600 Penn” and wrote speeches for former New York Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Newsmax Adds Ellis, Gidley. Former senior legal adviser/personal counsel to Donald Trump Jenna Ellis – and onetime top official in the Trump White House – J. Hogan Gidley – join Newsmax as on-air television contributors. Newsmax chief executive officer Christopher Ruddy comments, “Jenna Ellis brings a sharp mind and pointed legal commentary and constitutional analysis to the workings of our court system as it works to defend our liberties and freedoms. She is a strong addition to our growing lineup. Few know the media, Washington and the future of the GOP better than Hogan Gidley – we’re glad to have him on Newsmax to offer our viewers his valuable insights.” Ellis opines, “Newsmax consistently gives viewers an independent perspective on the news of the day. I look forward to continuing to be part of their coverage and bringing the truth as Americans strive to have their voices heard.” Gidley adds, “I’m extremely grateful to Mr. Ruddy and Newsmax for this new and exciting opportunity. I will draw from my experiences in public service to provide Newsmax viewers my detailed analysis and unvarnished opinion regarding so many difficult issues facing the American people.” Ellis is special counsel with the Thomas More Society and allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Once the deputy district attorney in Colorado’s Weld County, she hosts a daily podcast, “Just The Truth.” Gidley was deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy White House press secretary in the Trump Administration. In 2020, he joined the Trump re-election campaign as national press secretary. He previously was communications director to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, senators Elizabeth Dole and Rick Santorum; and was executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party.

Komando To Deliver More Tech Insider Tips. Stemming from an increase in listener demand, Kim Komando will debut a one-minute “Komando Digital Life Tech Tip” in three weeks (7/21). The daily vignette will be offered to stations and streaming services without charge and will carry a 60-second commercial. Komando’s digital insider tips will reportedly include: how to stop robocalls by changing one smartphone setting; ransomware prevention secrets; and the best parental control smartphone apps. Talent management firm Sound Mind’s founder/president Kraig Kitchin comments that Komando – who writes a column for “USA Today” – is “entertaining and helpful; Kim continues to make great radio.” In addition to her weekend three-hour call-in “Kim Komando Show,” which airs on 420 stations (and the American Forces Radio Network) to an estimated 6.5 million listeners, she hosts “Daily Tech Update” seven mornings a week on 389 stations.

TALKERS News Notes: A three-hour CBS Audio Independence Day Special will be available for airing July 2 – 5. Among the topics/guests on the Gil Gross-hosted celebration of America’s Birthday are: Family-safe alternatives to DIY fireworks; behind the scenes of the Capitol Fourth of July Concert with the National Symphony; “The Men Who Lost America” author Andrew O’Shaughnessy on how Great Britain’s bad decision-making helped us win The Revolutionary War; Broadway/TV star Betty Buckley shares her thoughts about “1776, The Musical” reopening with an all-female cast; and  Polish General Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s role in winning the war and his attempt to buy Thomas Jefferson’s slaves in order to set them free … Meanwhile, one of three ABC Audio specials to affiliates for use over the July 4th weekend includes ABC News Radio entertainment correspondent Jason Nathanson-hosted “Press Play.” The three-hour special deals with ways  Americans are having fun this summer as the country begins to reopen. It explores how people are entertaining themselves through the shows they’re watching, the music they’re listening to, and the activities they’re doing. In addition, “Press Play” highlights America’s most rapidly growing sport—Pickleball—and introduces listeners to some of its biggest fans.

Facebook Establishes Live Audio Rooms. Next steps were revealed yesterday (Monday, 6/21) as Facebook pushes into the social audio and podcasting spaces, taking aim at (among others) Clubhouse, iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Twitter Spaces. Per an Adweek report, the social media platform is “rolling out Live Audio Rooms on iOS for public figures and select Facebook groups in the United States, as well as making select podcasts available to U.S. listeners.” Facebook’s Live Audio Rooms offer a standard set of features. Event hosts appear in profile icons at the top of the screen; listeners appear in the bottom half as smaller icons. There is no limit on the number of listeners allowed in and as many as 50 people are able to speak at once. In addition to live captions, notifications are made when friends or followers join a room. Facebook will use automated technology and human reviewers to moderate content in Live Audio Rooms. According to CNET, “Users who repeatedly violate Facebook’s rules won’t be allowed to create or speak in a Live Audio Room.” Facebook is building new audio tools for creators to develop and launch “Soundbites,” or short-form audio clips that will launch later this year.