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Thursday, December 1, 2022

| December 1, 2022

Round One of November PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s November 2022 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: 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 (New Jersey). Nielsen’s November 2022 sweep covered October 12 – November 8. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In New York City, Red Apple Media’s news/talk WABC-AM/WLIR-FM rises three-tenths for a 3.3 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) finish that puts it in the #11 spot, while iHeartMedia’s crosstown news/talk WOR-AM is up two-tenths for a 1.7 share finish good for the #18 rank. News/talk KFI, Los Angeles stays ranked #4 in the market after losing one-tenth for a 4.6 share finish, while Audacy’s crosstown all-news KNX-AM/FM is steady with a 3.2 share but rises to the #7 rank. In Dallas, Cumulus Media’s news/talk WBAP-AM sheds three-tenths for a 4.5 share finish that pushes it down to the #5 rank as Audacy’s crosstown all-news KRLD-AM tacks on two-tenths for a 2.9 share good for the #16 rank. Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta rebounds with a 1.1 share increase to wrap the survey with a 7.0 share that lifts it to the #3 rank. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

 

Good Karma Brands’ ‘98.7 ESPN FM’ in New York Announces Programming Changes. The Big Apple sports talk station owned and operated by Good Karma Brands is making changes to its programming schedule that will take effect on January 3, 2023. WEPN-FM “ESPN New York” will jettison the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio program “Keyshawn, JWill and Max” that currently airs from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and is moving current early morning show “DiPietro & Rothenberg” (hosted by Rick DiPietro and Dave Rothenberg) from the 5:00 am to 8:00 am slot to 6:00 am to 10:00 am. At the same time, the current “Bart & Hahn” show (Bart Scott and Alan Hahn) that airs from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm will become a New York-only show. WEPN market manager Vinny DiMarco says, “Our fans will have the opportunity to listen to local coverage on ‘98.7 ESPN FM’ all throughout the day. Both ‘DiPietro & Rothenberg’ as well as ‘Bart & Hahn’ will give fans valuable insight, expertise, and live reaction about all things New York sports. The change also provides more opportunities for our partners to align with the station and achieve their marketing goals and objectives.” GKB says the rest of the existing ESPN New York lineup that includes “Greeny,” “The Michael Kay Show,” “Dan Graca” and “Hardesty & Damer” (Larry Hardesty and Gordon Damer) will remain unchanged. The company’s WEPN-AM will continue to air “Keyshawn, JWill, and Max” and the rest of the national ESPN Radio shows on weekdays.

 

New Podcast Hosted by Julie Hartman Launches on Salem Podcast Network. One of the recent additions to Salem Media Group’s Salem Podcast Network is launching a new program. “Timeless with Julie Hartman” debuts this week airing live Tuesdays through Fridays at 4:00 pm ET on YouTube before being made available as a podcast. Hartman says, “Many Americans, especially my age, have regrettably lost the understanding that we’ve been passed the treasure of civilization – that it’s our obligation to guard and burnish it for the next generation. I intend to reawaken this responsibility in my audience. I also hope to reignite the spark that there is so much more in life to consider than just the politics that we rehash all day.” The 2022 Harvard University grad has been co-hosting a show with Dennis Prager titled, “Dennis and Julie,” that airs Mondays at 4:00 pm ET on YouTube and is available in podcast form. Hartman also serves as a regular guest host for Salem Radio Network talk shows.

Triton Digital Releases Streaming Ranker for October 2022. The latest ranker for streaming networks in the United States for October (Mon-Sun 6AM-12AM) has been released by Triton Digital. The company ranks streamers based on Average Active Sessions (which represents the average number of sessions at any point in time in the reported time period, with invalid sessions omitted. AAS can be calculated by dividing Total Listening Hours by the number of hours within the reported time period). iHeartRadio is again ranked #1 for this period with 299,533 AAS. NPR Member stations is #2 (68,545 AAS), Audacy is #3 (63,987 AAS), Cumulus Streaming Network is #4 (42,642 AAS), and Beasley Broadcasting Corporate ranks #5 (19,517 AAS). You can see the rest of the top 25 streamers for the October period here.

 

Talkers Books Releases New Title by Dr. Murray Sabrin. The boutique book publishing arm of TALKERS magazine, Talkers Books, announces the release of From Immigrant to Public Intellectual: An American Story by prolific writer and popular news/talk radio guest, Dr. Murray Sabrin (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BMZ9WP1F). The new autobiographical book with a foreword by Michael Harrison is described as a truly American story about an immigrant child’s rise from humble beginnings in a family of Jewish Holocaust survivors from post-WWII Germany to forge a stellar career as an educator, author, political candidate, and influential “public intellectual.” Murray Sabrin explains libertarianism in plain language using his own life story set against a half-century backdrop of changing times. In 1997, Dr. Sabrin made New Jersey political history as the nominee of the Libertarian Party in the state’s gubernatorial election by being the first third-party candidate to gather enough support to meet the requirements for receiving matching funds and a place on the stage at all three debates with the two major party standard bearers. Murray Sabrin, Ph.D. is emeritus professor of finance, Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is considered a “public intellectual” for writing essays about the economy in scholarly and popular publications in addition to his numerous appearances during the past three decades as a talk media guest commenting on political and social issues. He is the author of Tax Free 2000, Why the Federal Reserve Sucks; Universal Medical Care: From Conception to End-of-Life; Navigating the Boom/Bust Cycle; and most recently, The Finance of Health Care: Wellness and Innovative Approaches to Employee Medical Insurance. His commentaries can be followed at murraysabrin.substack.com. To arrange an interview with Dr. Murray Sabrin to discuss anything from his days as a student growing up in the Bronx during the JFK/LBJ era to his groundbreaking gubernatorial campaign to his present-day status as one of the leading libertarian thinkers and spokespersons in America with insights into inflation, crime, health care and U.S. involvement in foreign affairs – contact Victoria Jones at DC Radio Company. 917-865-3991 or victoria@dcradiocompany.com.

MIW Launches ‘Speak Up!’ Partnership in Memory of Laurie Kahn. Charitable organization Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc announces its newest national mentoring program, “Speak Up!” It was created in partnership with Media Staffing Network founder and CEO Laurie Kahn (left), who passed away on October 27 of this year. MIW says it had the privilege of building this program with Kahn prior to her passing. It says, “‘Speak Up!’ encapsulates so much of what Laurie brought to our industry and what she was so passionate about paying forward: a mentorship that encourages and empowers women to develop confidence, sharpen communication skills, and hone the ability to effectively speak up in order to further attain career and personal goals. Her intention was to specifically reach women in small to medium radio markets.” Media Staffing Network VP and general manager Patty Kincaid comments, “As we continue to build upon the strong foundation that is Media Staffing Network, we are proud to be working with MIW to honor and develop Laurie’s legacy. The ‘Speak Up!’ program is the heart of who Laurie Kahn was and exemplifies the very essence of her spirit.” Applications for the Speak Up! Mentorship will open in first quarter of 2023 and details will soon be available on the MIW website.

Trump in ‘24/Tax Returns, Congressional Leadership, January 6 Investigation, Student Loan Ruling, The Economy/FTX Collapse, China Protests, Macron Visits U.S., Twitter, Russia-Ukraine War, World Cup, and Christine McVie Dies Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/30). Former President Donald Trump’s bid for the White House in 2024, his meeting with Ye and White Nationalist Nick Fuentes, and congress receives his tax returns; Hakeem Jeffries is named leader of House Democrats and Kevin McCarthy battles to lead House Republicans; Kevin McCarthy warns January 6 Committee to keep all records as Republicans will investigate the committee’s work; U.S. Appeals Court rejects the Biden administration’s request to reinstate the student loan forgiveness program; inflation and the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX; the protests in China over the strict zero-COVID policy; French President Emanuel Macron visits the U.S.; Elon Musk’s relaxing of Twitter rules; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine; the World Cup; and the death of Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

 

The Radio Sales Arena is Changing and We Are On the Leading Edge. The key to sales growth in radio going forward is multi-platform digital marketing. In the coming decade, “radio” will simply be the engine driving an increasingly complex and sophisticated array of digitally powered platforms creating endless packages and options for the advertiser. The keys to success will be in branding that cuts through the noise and surgical targeting that delivers optimum efficiency for agencies that know exactly what they want. The Salem Media Group is leading the way and the opportunities for our sales team are endless. But, right now, we need that special individual who has the tools, the vision and the ambition to get it done. That one special person who truly “gets it.” Jerry Crowley, the longest-running GM in the nation’s largest market, says, “We want one outstanding seller who can take it to the moon! Compensation will reflect potential and performance – salary will range from 50k- 85k plus substantial bonuses and generous commissions.” Candidates should send cover letter and resume to Jerry Crowley, VP/GM, Salem Media Group, NY (WMCA 570am The Mission/WNYM 970am The Answer) at Jcrowley@nycradio.com.

Salem Media New York Seeks Production Director. News/talk “AM 970 The Answer” WNYM and Christian Teach & Talk “AM 570 & 102.3 FM The Mission” WMCA is seeking its next full-time production director. Candidates must be experienced and willing to work in our studios in Lower Manhattan, NYC. Interested candidates can apply directly on our corporate website here.

November 2022 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| December 1, 2022

November 2022 PPM Data – Information for the November 2022 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 (New Jersey).

Nielsen Audio’s November 2022 sweep covered October 12 – November 8.

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

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

All comparisons noted are October 2022 – November 2022 (6+).

The NBA season began October 18; NBA; NHL; and NFL flagships are noted where applicable.

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 3.0 – 3.3, +.3, #12 to #11

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #19 to #18

News: Audacy’s WINS-FM “1010 WINS All News 92.3 FM” 3.0 – 3.5, +.5, #12 to #10 and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 3.2 – 2.1, -1.1, #11 to #17

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Brooklyn Nets and NY Giants) 3.7 – 3.8, +.1, repeats in eighth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s 3.6 – 3.3, -.3, #9 to #11

Number One 6+: Mediaco Holding-owned/Emmis operated urban AC WBLS, third month in a row, 6.9 – 7.0, +.1

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase (Tie): news WINS-FM and business news WBBR (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: news WCBS-AM (-1.1)

Note: Alternative WNYL became all-news WINS-FM (10-27-2022)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 4.7 – 4.6, -.1, remains in fourth-place

News: Audacy-owned KNX-FM “News 97.1” steady at 3.2, ninth to seventh

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 2.7 – 2.3, -.4, #12 to #18

Number One 6+ (Three-way Tie): iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, fourth month in a row, 5.7 – 5.1, -.6; co-owned hot AC KBIG, first month, flat at 5.1; and Audacy classic hits-oldies KRTH, first month, 5.2 – 5.1, -.1

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase (Tie): regional Mexican KBUE and rhythmic CHR KPWR (+.3)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KOST (-.6)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” (Blackhawks) 2.9 – 3.0, +.1, repeats in tenth-place

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) 5.3 – 4.8, -.5, remains in fourth-place

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, stays at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ flat at 4.0, continues in seventh-place  

Number One 6+ (Tie): Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV, seventh month in a row, 6.1 – 6.0, -.1 and iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT, first month, 5.7 – 6.0, +.3

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WLIT (+.3)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: classical WFMT (-.6)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “Talk Radio 560” 1.5 – 2.0, +.5, #21 to #17

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 7.0 – 7.5, +.5, first to second

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 3.3 – 3.6, +.3, repeats in eighth-place

Audacy’s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) 1.5 – 1.4, -.1, #21 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.-owned KQED 6.6 – 7.6, +1.0, third to first

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, first month, 6.6 – 7.6, +1.0

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: public radio news/talk KQED (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: sports betting KGO (-1.3)

Note: KGO transitioned from news/talk to sports betting (10/10/2022)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 4.8 – 4.5, -.3, third to fifth

News – Talk: Audacy’s KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” (Cowboys) 2.7 – 2.9, +.2, repeats at #16

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” (Stars) 4.4 – 4.2, -.2, fourth to eighth

Audacy’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) 2.8 – 3.0, +.2, continues at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 3.0 – 3.2, +.2, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic rock KZPS, first month, 5.0 – 6.5, +1.5

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: classic rock KZPS (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease (Tie): regional Mexican KMVK and news/talk KEGL (-.5)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” 3.7 – 4.6, +.9, #14 to #8

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KBME “Sports Talk 790 AM” (Rockets) 1.1 – 1.9, +.8, #23 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston’s KUHF 2.0 – 2.1, +.1, steady at #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, twentieth consecutive month, 9.8 – 8.7, -1.1

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: news/talk KTRH (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KODA (-1.1)

Note: KBME is the flagship of the Rockets and the 2022 World Series champion Astros

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 5.9 – 7.0, +1.1, sixth to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Hawks and Falcons) 2.4 – 2.7, +.3, #16 to #14

Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” 3.6 – 2.3, -1.3, #9 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools-owned WABE 7.2 – 6.4, -.8, second to sixth

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV, eleventh successive month, 8.4 – 8.2, -.2

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: contemporary Christian WFSH (+1.6)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: sports talk WCNN (-1.3)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: Audacy-owned KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.2 – 5.9, +.7, seventh to fifth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Eagles) 6.5 – 9.3, +2.8, third to first and WIP’s internet stream, 2.2 – 2.4, +.2, #14 to #13

Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers and Flyers) 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #20 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY-owned WHYY 4.8 – 4.6, -.2, eighth to seventh

Number One 6+: sports talk WIP, first month, 6.5 – 9.3, +2.8

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: sports talk WIP (+2.8)*

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOGL (-1.0)

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

Note: WIP is the flagship of the Eagles and the 2022 NL champion Phillies

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” flat at 2.1, repeats at #16

Red Apple Media-owned WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 1.9 – 1.6, -.3, #17 to #19

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” steady at 4.0, remains in seventh-place and cluster-mate WINS-FM “1010 WINS All News 92.3 FM” 2.2 – 2.7, +.5, #14 to #12

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Brooklyn Nets and NY Giants) 4.7 – 5.2, +.5, fifth to third and WFAN’s internet stream 1.3 – 1.7, +.4, #23 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ, first month, 5.2 – 6.9, +1.7

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: CHR WHTZ (+1.7)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: classic rock WBAB (-1.1)

Note: Alternative WNYL became all-news WINS-FM (10-27-2022)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Bernardino Community College District’s KVCR, unchanged at .4, locked at #19

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, eleventh consecutive month, flat at 9.2

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: rhythmic CHR KGGI (+.7)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: Spanish contemporary KLVE (-.8)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “Talk Radio 560” 2.0 – 2.6, +.6, #15 to #12

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.6 – 7.1, +.5, first to second

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers ) 3.9 – 3.0, -.9, sixth to tenth

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KOIT-FM, fifth straight month 6.6 – 7.2, +.6

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: urban contemporary KMEL (+1.1)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: sports betting KGO (-1.7)

Note: KGO transitioned from news/talk to sports betting (10/10/2022)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 6.5 – 7.5, +1.0, third to first

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 1.2 – 1.0, -.2, #19 to #20

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.5 – 1.6, -.9, #13 to #16 and co-owned WINS-FM “1010 WINS All News 92.3 FM” 1.2 – 1.4, +.2, #19 to #18

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Brooklyn Nets and NY Giants) 3.4 – 3.9, +.5, eighth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: news/talk WKXW, first month, 6.5 – 7.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase (Tie): news/talk WKXW and adult contemporary WMGQ (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-1.8)**

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

Note: Alternative WNYL became all-news WINS-FM (10-27-2022)

Up next: November 2022 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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

| November 22, 2022

Lineup Tweaks at KMOX, St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting on the tweaks to the on-air lineup at Audacy’s news/talk KMOX, St. Louis in the wake of station legend Charlie Brennan’s retirement from KMOX last spring. The station is moving Kevin Wheeler from the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm show to Dave Glover’s afternoon drive program. Amy Marxkors and Chris Rongey will continue to host the midday show. Wheeler joins Glover and co-host Rachel Zimmerman in PM drive as Trish Gazall – who hosts on sister AC KEZK – reduces her appearances on Glover’s program to twice per week. Additionally, the station will do a crossover with Marxkors and Rongey staying on to join Glover and Wheeler for the 1:00 pm hour. Glover’s show ends at 5:00 pm when the station transitions to more news and interviews. KMOX program director Steve Moore says, “Stability is important, so we want to change as little as possible.” Moore tells the Post-Dispatch that the “Total Information” morning show continues with Debbie Monterrey, Tom Ackerman, and Megan Lynch hosting.

Jack Abernethy to Receive 2023 Golden Mike Award from Broadcasters Foundation of America. The 2023 Golden Mike Award will be presented to FOX Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at its black-tie fundraiser on March 6, 2023, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Abernethy states, “I would like to thank Scott Herman, Tim McCarthy, and the Broadcasters Foundation board of directors for this prestigious Golden Mike Award and for their tremendous commitment to helping and supporting broadcasters in need across the country. Now, more than ever, we must help those in our industry who are facing challenging times so we can continue to encourage and foster the entrepreneurial spirit and journalistic dedication of local newsrooms, which are making an immeasurable impact in their respective communities.” The Broadcasters Foundation Golden Mike Award is presented annually to an individual for their excellence in and commitment to broadcasting, and their ongoing service to the community at large. The award ceremony and dinner attract a who’s who of broadcast media executives and celebrities. Previous recipients include entrepreneur and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg; chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., Bob Pittman; former Senator from Oregon and president of the National Association of Broadcasters, Gordon Smith; chairman and CEO of Nexstar Media Group, Inc., Perry Sook; chairman and co-CEO at Gray Television Inc., Hilton Howell, Jr., among others. This year’s host, presenters, and performer will be announced shortly.

TALKERS News Notes. Twin Cities news/talk WCCO-AM raised more than $333,000 to provide meals and care for those in need through its 20th annual “Hunger Mission Radiothon.” The amount raised during this year’s event, which benefits Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, brought the overall fundraising total to over $4.1 million since 2003. Audacy Minneapolis SVP and market manager Jeff Gonsales says, “This is yet another great example of how live and local radio can truly help change lives. We’re so proud of our team in helping share these inspiring stories, as well as our amazing fans for their incredible generosity in giving.”…..The WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta-based “Erick Erickson Show” recently helped raise $152,300 for the charity Hungry For A Day that provides Thanksgiving meals to families nationwide. The non-profit provides turkeys and sides for families in need and stocks local food pantries around the nation. Erickson tells TALKERS magazine, “We did it all in three hours of radio and an email push to listeners. I was floored. We raised $50,000 in just the first two hours of the show!”…..Stephanie Miller is making the video of her recent “Sexy Liberal Save Democracy Tour” appearance at Los Angeles’ Saban Theater available for fans to watch through January 1, 2023 for a fee of $20. Pictured at right is the cast of the show – including Miller, John Fugelsang, Hal Sparks and Frangela – along with special guests attorney & legal commentator Glenn Kirschner and director Rob Reiner.

Dr. Daliah Wachs Sponsors Scene in Charity’s Magical Forest. Pictured above is GCN-syndicated talk show host Dr. Daliah Wachs at the scene she is sponsoring at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest in Las Vegas. Dr. Wachs says that this event runs from Thanksgiving through the New Year to benefit Opportunity Village, which helps people with with intellectual disabilities and their families through enrichment, empowerment, and employment programs and services.

Trump in ‘24/Legal Issues, Midterms Aftermath, Colorado Shooting, The Economy/Rail Strike Threat, Twitter, Oath Keepers Trial, Russia-Ukraine War, Iger Returns to Disney, and World Cup Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/21). The announced run for president in 2024 by former President Donald Trump and his legal issues, including the appointment of special counsel Jack Smith; the results of the midterm elections that leave the Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and the Republicans in control of the U.S. House as well as the December runoff election between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker; the deadly shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs; inflation, concerns about a recession and the threat of a U.S. rail strike; the state of Twitter in Elon Musk’s first month of ownership, including his giving Donald Trump and Ye permission to return; the trial of several Oath Keepers for seditious conspiracy in connection with January 6; Russia’s intensifying attacks on Ukraine; former CEO Bob Iger returns to lead Disney; and the World Cup in Qatar were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

| November 1, 2022

Round One of October PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s October PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including 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 (New Jersey). Nielsen’s October 2022 sweep covered September 15 – October 12. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets. In New York City, Red Apple Media’s news/talk WABC-AM/WLIR-FM is flat with a 3.0 share (6+, weekly AQH share) but falls to the #12 rank, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOR sheds two-tenths for a 1.5 share finish good for the #19 rank. iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles is steady with a 4.7 share that keeps it ranked #4 in the market. Audacy’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago rises four-tenths to a 5.3 share but falls back to the #4 rank as the company’s all-news KCBS-AM/KFRC-FM, San Francisco rises six-tenths to a 7.0 share that lifts it to the #1 spot in that market. Cumulus Media’s news/talk WBAP, Dallas remains ranked #3 after losing one-tenth for a 4.8 share finish. In Atlanta, Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM dips four-tenths to finish the survey with a 5.9 share good for the #6 rank in the market. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Al Jazeera English Produces Documentary About American Talk Radio. The London-based, English-language arm of Al Jazeera (Al Jazeera English) produced and published a one-hour video documentary, titled “The Right Frequency: Is talk radio dividing the US? | The Listening Post.” They describe the program as follows: All day, every day, conservative talk radio hosts keep millions of Americans company as they commute, work and go about their daily lives. The mix of opinionated, entertaining and unapologetically right-wing talk has proven a winning broadcast formula – a billion-dollar industry – one that has given a voice to an audience that long felt unheard. But with partisan issues dominating today’s political discussion, is the controversial conservative commentary driving much of the division? Ahead of the midterm elections, reporter Flo Phillips and producer Johanna Hoes travel parts of the country to understand the power of talk radio – the sway it holds over Americans, and the role it is playing in the division of the United States. The major contributors to the piece include: WRVA, Richmond afternoon drive host, Jeff Katz (pictured above); TALKERS founder Michael Harrison; University of Delaware professor/author, Dannagal YoungUniversity of Pennsylvania scholar in residence/author, Brian Rosenwald; along with truck driver, Alex Brookhouse; restaurant owner Wendy Yohman; and advertising consultant/part-time Lyft driver, Shelly Perkins. Upon viewing the final cut, Michael Harrison stated, “I am always hesitant when invited to be interviewed for a newspaper story or video report about ‘talk radio’ and its political influence because of my concerns that it is going to be a hit piece against conservative talk radio. However, I often take my chances based upon my belief in my own knowledge of the facts and my faith in the good nature of most reporters not to take me out of context to support their pre-determined narrative. Ninety percent of the time this proves to be a good path and, in many cases, I actually play a significant role in softening the stories’ bias-based attacks. In many cases, I am influential in actually changing the story to reach a more balanced conclusion. Sometimes, reporters or their editors actually cancel the stories based upon my interviews which convince them that they are largely off-base or simply biased to the point of lying. In the case of this project, I was especially hesitant to get involved because of my own concerns about the credibility and agenda of Al Jazeera.  But, on the other hand, I am deeply concerned about the image of American talk radio around the world, so I agreed to be interviewed on camera upon receiving assurance from the program’s reporter and producer that I would not be taken out of context and that they are not setting out to do an intentional hit piece on conservative talk radio. As it turned out, they told me the truth… although it bugs the hell out of me when people believe the terms ‘talk radio’ and ‘conservative’ talk radio are one and the same.” To view the documentary in its entirety, please click here

WWO Blog: The Masters of Marketing Conference. In this week’s edition of the Westwood One Audio Active Group blog is coverage of last week’s Masters of Marketing conference held in Orlando by the Association of National Advertisers. WWO says audio was front and center at the conference thanks to the marketing efforts of the RAB, iHeartMedia, and Audacy. Some of the takeaways from the event include: 1) Emotion-based storytelling is the most powerful form of creative, according to United and Shell. Emotion is the most powerful selling tool we have; 2) Advertising builds brands best when it is entertaining, popular, and memorable, when it is not just a pitch, but a performance. This was a major theme from Caesars, eos, and a number of other brands; 3) Multicultural marketing is mainstream marketing. This was a key focus of many of the speakers including P&G and Verizon; 4) The most successful B2B brands focus on the human aspect of communication. While most B2B creative is dry, rational, and full of forgettable facts and figures, more successful creative focuses on the human; 5) Marketers say AM/FM radio is one of the most effective media; and 6) The stronger the brand, the stronger the business outcomes. Highly branded firms far outperform the S&P 500. See the complete coverage here.

Salem Radio Network’s Greg Clugston Covering Joe Biden Florida Trip. Journalist Greg Clugston is accompanying President Joe Biden on the president’s trip to Florida. The Salem Radio Network White House correspondent will cover the president’s appearance in Hallandale Beach where Biden will address Social Security, Medicare and the cost of prescription drugs with Florida senior citizens. Clugston will also provide on-scene updates from a 4:45 pm fundraiser for Democrat Charlie Crist – running for governor against incumbent Ron DeSantis – in Golden Beach, and wrap up the Florida trip at a Biden Miami Gardens rally for Democrat Val Demings, seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio (R-FL.)

TALKERS News Notes. Two deals between SiriusXM and auto manufacturers will put the satellite service on the vehicles’ entertainment systems. The first is with Stellantis which extends their longstanding distribution agreement to continue SiriusXM in Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Maserati vehicles into 2027. The second deal is with Lucid Group, Inc. to put the service in the company’s full lineup of luxury electric vehicles…..iHeartRadio announces an all-new, original podcast titled, “Witches Anonymous” hosted by Hilaria Baldwin and Michelle Campbell Mason. The two lend their voices and share personal experiences on what’s made them the women they are today and examine the complexities in female relationships ranging from bonding and sisterhood to the dichotomies in friendships. As a descendant of one of the Salem witches, Mason will lean into what it means to be a witch, and the cohosts will talk about the evolution of witches in pop culture…..”The Common,” a daily local news podcast from WBUR, Boston debuts on Monday (11/7). The daily local news podcast, hosted by Darryl C. Murphy and produced by WBUR Podcasts with help from the WBUR Newsroom, will present “a fresh, new approach for local audiences to wake up informed and inspired on what’s really going on in Greater Boston.” Each listen promises to be time-friendly – clocking in at less than 15 minutes…..Claire M. Regan was sworn in as the 106th president of the Society of Professional Journalists during the President’s Awards Banquet at MediaFest22, SPJ’s annual convention held in Washington, D.C. Regan has spent much of her career at her hometown newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, where she started as a part-time wedding writer and rose to managing editor. At Wagner College, her alma mater in New York City, she is an assistant professor of journalism and faculty adviser to the student newspaper. She takes the reins from Rebecca Aguilar, a freelance reporter based in Dallas.

Affirmative Action, Midterm Elections, Pelosi Attack Aftermath, The Economy, Russia-Ukraine War, Trump Legal Issues, and Twitter Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/31). The Supreme Court hears arguments about Affirmative Action as applied to college admissions; the November midterm elections and speculation about which party will control the House and the Senate; public figures spread rumor that Paul Pelosi’s attacker was his gay lover; inflation and concerns about a recession; Russia continues its attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure as Iran sells more weapons to Russia; the various legal battles facing former President Donald Trump; and Elon Musk’s ownership of Twitter were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

| October 20, 2022

‘CarPro’ Automotive Industry Expert Jerry Reynolds is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. Since its invention in the early 20th century, the automobile’s impact on society (not to mention radio) has been immeasurable… and it continues to be to this very day. The horseless carriage has shaped our culture and influenced us economically, architecturally, culturally, and even psychologically. Jerry Reynolds is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Reynolds is a giant in the world of automotive media. With over 40 years in the automotive industry, much of it as a hugely successful Ford dealer in Dallas, he is a trusted source of automotive news, insider insight, and new car reviews. For the past two decades he, along with co-host Kevin McCarthy, has hosted a Saturday midday talk radio show about cars called “CarPro.” It’s heard for three hours locally on WBAP in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, where Reynolds is a household name, and then for an additional two hours nationally on news/talk stations across America via the CarPro Radio Network. It’s no wonder that the show is such a success – information about automobiles ties in directly with most of the topics discussed on the news/talk format… the economy, the environment, and the day-to-day necessities of living. And a solid show about cars is a magnet for a wide and deep array of potential advertisers. Reynolds’ stated mission is to educate consumers about the car buying process and provide them with the latest information, so listeners can make the best car buying decisions for their needs and budgets. Harrison and Reynolds take an enlightening deep-dive into how today’s automotive industry operates. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here.

NAB Reveals 2022 Marconi Award Winners; KTAR-FM Named Legendary Station of the Year. The National Association of Broadcasters presented the 2022 NAB Marconi Radio Awards during a dinner celebration held last night (10/19) at the Javits Center at NAB Show New York. Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. Bonneville’s news/talk KTAR-FM, Phoenix was named Legendary Station of the Year. Bonneville Phoenix SVP and market manger Ryan Hatch states, “For more than 100 years, KTAR has been built on the backs of broadcasting legends. We are honored and thrilled to win one of the most coveted awards in broadcasting. I’m so proud of our talented Bonneville Phoenix team who continues to embody the legacy of building up, connecting, and informing the community that we serve.” Other spoken-word stations and personalities recognized by the NAB include: Joel Oxley of Hubbard Broadcasting’s all-news WTOP-FM, Washington was honored as Legendary Radio Station Manager; Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year went to Premiere NetworksDan Patrick; Major Market Personality of the Year is Greg Hill of Audacy’s sports talk WEEI, Boston; Major Market Station of the Year went to Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta; Pathfinder Communications’ WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne was honored as Medium Market Station of the Year; CMG’s KRMG-FM, Tulsa was named News/Talk Station of the Year; Audacy’s WXYT-FM, Detroit took home Sports Station of the Year; and College Station of the Year went to Hofstra University’s WRHU-FM, Hempstead, N.Y. See the complete list of winners here.

Radio America to Syndicate ‘The Todd Herman Show.’ Former tech executive and current media personality Todd Herman is joining Radio America as the network is entering into a new distribution and sales agreement with his daily podcast and the debut of the new weekend program, “The Todd Herman Show,” beginning November 5. Herman hosted a regular program on KTTH-AM, Seattle for eight years and, for six years of that time, was a regular fill-in for Rush Limbaugh until Rush’s passing in 2021. Radio America president and CEO Mike Paradiso says, “Todd is a phenomenal talent that knows how to connect with listeners and advertisers. His daily podcast is a great addition to our podcast lineup and we love the opportunity to bring his show back to a national radio audience.” Herman a CEO and founder of a start-up and an executive with Microsoft, says, “I am feeling such gratitude to be welcomed to Radio America, where our God-given right to speak freely is practiced by some of the greatest voices in radio and podcasting. I thank God, my team, and my podcast family for getting us here.”

Triton Digital Releases Top U.S. Podcast Report for September. This report ranks the top podcasts in the U.S. for the month of September 2022, based on average weekly downloads. There was a little jockeying at the top of the chart as “NPR News Now” returns to the #1 position and audiochuck’s “Crime Junkie” falls to #2. Wondery’s “Morbid” climbs to #3 and Cumulus Podcast Network’s “The Ben Shapiro Show” falls back to #4. Other radio-related podcasts near the top of the chart include Cumulus Podcast Network’s “The Dan Bongino Show” steady at #7, Salem Podcast Network’s “The Charlie Kirk Show” up one notch to #14, and Cumulus’ “The Mark Levin Podcast” is at #19. You can see the complete chart ranking the top 100 podcasts here.

PodcastOne Teams with XG Productions for ‘Talk to Me’ Podcast. A new partnership between PodcastOne and XG Productions includes the new podcast series, “Talk to Me.”  On this program, listeners will be taken into the exciting inside story of the world’s first hostage negotiation team, which was created inside America’s largest police department, the NYPD in the early 1970s. The first episode of “Talk to Me,” tells the story of the infamous Attica prison riots. Written and narrated by veteran South Bronx detective and New York Times bestselling author Edward Conlon, “Talk to Me” tells the inside story of how and why the field of hostage negotiations was created. In the wake of major 1970s tragedies such as the Attica prison riot, the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, and the Brooklyn bank robbery that inspired the film “Dog Day Afternoon,” the NYPD recognized an urgent need to develop a protocol for handling incendiary hostage incidents. With news archives and first-hand accounts from hostage team founders Frank Bolz and Harvey Schlossberg, the podcast brings to life cases big and small to explore what worked — and what didn’t. The world’s first hostage negotiation team pioneered the use of psychology in saving lives and created a model that is still used around the world today.

GBH, El Planeta, and Harvard Medical School Team for Spanish-Language Podcast and Radio Show. Public media organization GBH announces it is teaming up with the journalists at the local outlet El Planeta (and its national counterpart, El Tiempo Latino), to produce “Salud,” a podcast and 30-minute radio show focused on health issues important to the Hispanic community. GBH News will lend its production facilities and distribution channels to the program. The Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership will provide expertise and guidance on medical matters. “Salud” will air on WGBH-FM 9:30 am on Saturdays, beginning on October 22 for an initial run of eight weeks. The show will be available on demand on YouTube and all major podcast platforms the Thursday before each broadcast date. GBH general manager for news Pam Johnston says, “Collaborating with El Planeta and the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School allows us to super-serve the local and national Hispanic communities with in-depth stories of significant importance to their health and well-being. Bringing these stories to the audience in their native language further reflects our deep commitment to engage with a broad and growing range of listeners.”

The Economy/New Tax Brackets, Russia-Ukraine War, Midterms, Donald Trump Legal Issues, Truss on the Ropes, and Kanye West Controversy Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/19). Inflation, the up-and-down financial markets, and fears of a recession, combined with the IRS’ announcement of new, lower tax brackets; Russia’s kamikaze drone strikes on Ukraine’s infrastructure; the debates ahead of November’s midterm elections; the numerous legal issues facing former President Donald Trump; Liz Truss’ tenuous hold on her Prime Minister role with Britain’s Conservative Party; and the anti-Semitic rants from rapper and fashion mogul Ye were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

September 2022 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| October 5, 2022

September 2022 PPM Data – Information for the September 2022 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 September 2022 sweep covered August 18 – September 14.

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 August 2022 – September 2022 (6+).

Note: The NFL season kicked off September 8; NFL – and MLB – flagships are noted where applicable.

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 4.3 – 3.0, -1.3, #8 to #11

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.0 – 1.7, -.3, anchored at #18

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 2.8 – 3.0 +.2, #12 to #11 and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 3.0 – 2.9, -.1, #11 to #13

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees, NY Giants) 2.8 – 3.2, +.4, #12 to #10

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s 3.6 – 4.1, +.5, tenth to eighth

Number One 6+: Mediaco Holding-owned/Emmis operated urban AC WBLS, first month, 5.7 – 6.6, +.9

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: urban AC WBLS (+.9)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: news/talk WABC (-1.3)*

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

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 4.8 – 4.7, -.1, repeats in fourth-place

News: Audacy-owned KNX-FM “News 97.1” 3.3 – 3.5, +.2, tenth to eighth

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 2.3 – 2.6, +.3, #18 to #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, second month in a row, 5.4 – 5.8, +.4

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: hot AC KBIG (+.5)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: Spanish contemporary KLVE (-.7)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” 3.6 – 3.5, -.1, eighth to ninth

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) 4.6 – 4.9, +.3, fifth to third

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Cubs) 2.7 – 2.5, -.2, repeats at #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 4.8 – 4.4, -.4, third to fifth  

Number One 6+: Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV, fifth month in a row, 5.5 – 6.6, +1.1

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: classic rock WDRV (+1.1)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: country WUSN (-.8)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “Talk Radio 560” 2.0 – 1.8, -.2, #17 to #18 and co-owned KGO “810 AM” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #21 to #20

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.2 – 6.4, +.2, continues in the runner-up slot

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (SF Giants, 49ers) 4.0 – 3.6, -.4, fifth to sixth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.-owned KQED 8.5 – 7.8, -.7, first

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED third month in a row, 8.5 – 7.8, -.7

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: regional Mexican KSOL (+.8)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease (Tie): public radio news/talk KQED and adult contemporary KISQ (-.7)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 4.5 – 4.9, +.4, fourth to third

News – Talk: Audacy’s KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” (Cowboys) 2.2 – 2.6, +.4, #19 to #16

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” 4.3 – 4.0, -.3, sixth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 2.8 – 3.0, +.2, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: Univision regional Mexican KLNO, eighth month in a row, 5.5 – 5.4, -.1

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: adult contemporary KDGE (+.8)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: CHR KHKS (-1.0)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” (Astros) 3.9 – 3.3, -.6, #10 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF 1.7 – 2.0, +.3, #19 to #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, eighteenth consecutive month, 9.0 – 8.7, -.3

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: country KKBQ (+.7)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: news/talk KTRH (-.6)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 5.5 – 6.3, +.8, continues in fifth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” (Braves) 3.3 – 3.2, -.1, remains at #11

Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons) 1.8 – 2.7, +.9, #17 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools-owned WABE 5.1 – 6.8, +1.7, sixth to third

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV, ninth successive month, 9.0 – 8.3, -.7

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: public radio news/talk WABE (+1.7)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: hot AC WSTR (-.9)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 1.3 – 1.4, +.1, #20 to #19

News: Audacy-owned KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.1 – 5.2, +.1, sixth to seventh

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Phillies, Eagles) 4.8 – 5.3, +.5, seventh to sixth and WIP’s internet stream, 2.5 – 2.6, +.1, #13 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY-owned WHYY steady at 4.6, remains in eighth-place

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group rock WMMR, second straight month, 8.0 – 8.7, +.7

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase (Tie): rock WMMR and adult hits WBEN-FM (+.7)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease (Tie): classic rock WMGK and alternative WRFF (-.4)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: Red Apple Media-owned WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 2.5 – 2.1, -.4, flat at #17

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.6 – 2.1, -.5, #15 to #17

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets)” 3.6 – 3.9, +.3, eighth to seventh and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, #15 to #14

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees, NY Giants) 3.7 – 3.8, +.1, seventh to eighth

Emmis-owned/Good Karma Brands-operated WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” .8 – 1.3, +.5, #25 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic rock WBAB, fifth month in succession, 6.2 – 6.6, +.4

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: classic hits-oldies WBZO (+.8)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: rock WWSK (-.8)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Bernardino Community College District’s KVCR, .3 – .4, +.1, locked at #19

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, ninth consecutive month, 5.9 – 7.7, +1.8

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: classic hits-oldies KOLA (+1.8)**

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: Spanish contemporary KLVE (-.8)

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

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 2.6 – 2.7, +.1, #12 to #13

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 4.8 – 5.7, +.9, third to second

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (SF Giants, 49ers ) 3.4 – 3.7, +.3, repeats in eighth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Empire Audacy adult contemporary KOIT-FM, third straight month 6.6 – 7.3, +.7

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: hot AC KEZR (+1.1)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: 1980s-based KOSF (-.7)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 5.1 – 6.0, +.9, fourth to second

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 2.7 – 2.6, -.1, repeats at #12 and co-owned WINS steady at 1.4, #18 to #17

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees, NY Giants) unchanged at 2.8, remains at #11

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, third month in a row, 7.4 – 8.6, +1.2

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WLTW (+1.2)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease (Tie): urban contemporary WWPR and sports talk WEPN-FM (-.5)

Up next: September 2022 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.