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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

| August 30, 2016

nielsen logoRound One of August PPM data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s August 2016 PPM survey period has been released for the first of four rounds of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen Audio’s August 2016 survey period covered July 14 – August 10.  You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian ( provides his “Takeaways” from these 12-PPM markets below.


1) New York – Climbing from seventh to sixth, WKTU “103.5 The Beat of New York” registers its fourth straight increase (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7, 6+) and is a WKTUcombined +1.4 in that stretch. Moreover, this is the finest 6+-showing for the iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR in nearly four years (4.7, September 2012). It proves to be a short stay at #1 for CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which surrenders seven-tenths of the eight-tenths it gained in July (5.4 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+) and slips to the runner-up slot. The 6.2 this time last month was its best 6+-performance since November (2015) whenWLTW Logo January 2015 it reached 6.4. Returning to first-place is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” which – before falling to #2 in July – had been on top the previous four ratings periods. In addition, “Lite-FM” notches a one-tenth gain to 6.1 (6+), thus curtailing four successive sweeps without an increase for a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0, 6+); 6.0 in July was its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). A decrease of six-tenths (3.5 – 2.9, 6+) drops Univision Radio Spanish tropical WXNY “X-96.3” out of the top ten (#10 to #13). This marks the weakest 6+-share for “X-96.3” since October’s 2.3. In the market’s hot AC contest, CBS Radio’s WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) – which registered a 2.9 (6+) in four of the last sweeps – picks up two-tenths to 3.1 (#11, 6+), while Cumulus Media’s WPLJ sputters by one-half share (2.9 – 2.4, #16, 6+); the two rivals were tied at #13 in July. This is the 20th successive sweep that WPLJ has recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+). Following five straight monthlies without a decrease for a combined +.8 (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” is off by two-tenths to 5.3 (6+), yet actually inches up from fourth to a third-place tie. Also coming to an end (at four) is the consecutive string of up or flat trends for Cumulus Media country outlet WNSH, which dips by one tenth to 2.0 but remains at #18 (6+); “Nash-FM” had trended 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+. Four talk outlets are clumped together, beginning with iHeartMedia’s WOR and public WNYC-FM (both 1.8 – 2.0, tied with WNSH at #18, 6+), followed by Cumulus Media’s WABC (#21, 6+) and Townsquare Media‘s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” (flat at 1.3, #22, 6+). This is the fifth straight time WABC has not managed an increase (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+).

2) Los Angeles – Stymied at 3.1 (6+) the past three ratings periods, iHeartMedia urban contemporary KRRL breaks out a KRRLgain of three-tenths to 3.4 (6+), as “Real 92.3” cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). Not only does co-owned KOST “Coast 103.5” record back-to-back increases for a combined gain of one-half share (5.3 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+), the adult contemporary property is #1 for the tenth successive sweep. Conversely, CBS Radio CHR KAMP “Amp Radio,” whichKOST had been up the past two ratings periods for a cumulative +.7 (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+) forfeits the entire seven-tenths (back to 3.1, 6+) and spirals out of the top ten (#7 to #12). Its format foe – iHeartMedia-owned KIIS “Kiss-FM” (4.6, 6+) drops from second to fourth and ends its five-month trend of 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 4.9 (6+). On the heels of racking up a one-half share increase, Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” adds four-tenths and is up for the third straight time (2.2 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+) as it enters the top ten (#12 to #10). Even though KPWR “Power 106” is without a decrease for the fourth straight time (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+), the Emmis rhythmic CHR actually backslides from a three-way tie at #12 to #13; “Power 106” had been in the 2.6 – 2.9 range the past 12 survey periods. Dropping from a three-way tie at #17 to #19, CBS Radio alternative KROQ is down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” duplicates July’s +.2 (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+) as it climbs from ninth to eighth. Unchanged at #15 (6+), this is the fifth consecutive time that co-owned talker KFI is without an increase (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+) and it is the seventh successive down or flat trend for Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFSH “The Fish” (.9 -.8 -.8 -.7 – .7 – .6 -.5 – .5, #38, 6+).

3) Chicago – Having posted a 4.9 (6+) in March, May, and July Hubbard Broadcasting‘s WTMX “101.9 The Mix” erupts with a WTMX+.6 to 5.5 (6+) – matching what it did in February – as the hot AC finishes in third-place for the sixth straight time. Its format rival, iHeartMedia-owned WLIT (three-way tie at #8 to #9, 6+), is without an increase for the seventh successive month, (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+); “My-FM” is -10.4 (or roughly -75%) in that stretch. Conversely, this isWEBG the eighth straight ratings period that sibling WEBG “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” is either up or flat for a combined +.8 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+); “Big” advances from #18 to #16. Four-tenths ahead of it is its format foe – CBS Radio’s WUSN “US-99.5” (3.0 – 2.9, -.1, unchanged at #12). Locked on 5.8 (6+) in June and July, all-news cluster-mate WBBM-AM picks up three-tenths to 6.1 (6+), repeating at #1. The +.3 curtails five straight losses that resulted in a combined -1.1 (6.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Before slipping to #2 in June, WBBM-AM had been on top from January through May. Down or flat the past three sweeps (6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” records a +.4 to 6.0 (6+) and remains at #2. Off for the third straight time (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE (#16 to #17) is nonetheless within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 28th straight monthly. This marks the seventh consecutive ratings period CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” (#13 to #14) is either down or flat for a cumulative -.7 (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Similarly formatted, Cumulus Media-owned WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” leads “K-Hits” by four tenths (3.2 – 3.0, -.2, 6+) and is steady at #11. After getting off to a hot start in the baseball season, Chicago Cubs flagship/CBS Radio sports outlet WSCR “The Score” has its third consecutive (modest) decline (4.2 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.7, 6+), but falls from fifth to seventh. This is the sixth successive ratings period in which Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican WLEY “La Ley 107.9” (#26) posts a loss (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+).


4) San Francisco – A gain of one-half share enables KISQ “98.1 – The Breeze Relaxing Favorites at Work” to reach the four-share KISQ The Breezelevel (3.5 – 4.0, 6+). In addition, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility rockets from eighth to fourth. Suffering -.5 erosions are the flagships of the Bay Area’s two MLB franchises. In fact, it is actually back-to-back decreases of one-half share for Cumulus Media-owned/San Francisco Giants key station KNBR, as well as its third consecutive decline for a cumulative -1.1 (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7,KMVQ 6+). Nonetheless, “The Sports Leader” stays on top for the fifth straight time. Meanwhile, Oakland A’s flagship – Entercom‘s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (#26) has its fourth consecutive sweep without an increase (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+). By dropping one-tenth (6+), two streaks end for KIOI “Star 101.3.” The iHeartMedia-owned hot AC had logged a 3.9 (6+) in each of the past four sweeps, but is now at 3.8 and flat at #5. In addition, “Star” had racked up five successive sweeps without noting a decrease (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), although its net gain in that period was just one-tenth. For the sixth straight ratings period, urban contemporary cluster-mate KMEL “#1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” is either down or flat (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+) but continues at #10. Dropping from second to third, CBS Radio all-news KCBS-AM is trending 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+. Co-owned CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7 New Hit Music” (sixth to fifth) is up or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+) for a combined +.8.  Owing to six consecutive monthlies without an increase (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.0, #12, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG (#11 to #12) is a combined -.8.

5) Dallas – Four-tenths of a share separates the top three finishers. A change at the top finds iHeartMedia CHR KHKS KHKS“Kiss-FM” (5.6 – 5.8, +.2, 6+) unseating CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (5.7 – 5.4, -.3, 6+), which slides from first to third. KLUV was on top in June and July; a -.6 in July ended three straight increases which resulted in a cumulative +1.0 (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.1 – 6.3, 6+). Not only does Cumulus Media‘s KPLX “The Wolf” extend its consecutiveKPLX string of monthlies without a decrease to six for a cumulative +1.4 (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+), it does so with a gain of six-tenths and climbs from third to second. “The Wolf” trails “Kiss-FM” by just one-tenth. Stuck on 3.5 (6+) in March, April, and May, co-owned/similarly formatted KSCS “New Country 96.3” is now flat at 3.3 (6+), but drops from a three-way tie at #9 to #11. Steady at #9, CBS Radio’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” registers its sixth straight gain for a combined +1.6 (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+) and enjoys its best 6+-stat since November’s 3.6. The market’s two hot ACs each improve by two-tenths: iHeartMedia’s KDMX “Now 102.9” is up or flat for the fourth straight time (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0, 6+) and is unchanged at #6, while CBS Radio-owned KVIL regains the two-tenths it lost in July (3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1, #17 to #13, 6+).

6) Houston – Powered by a +.8 (3.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 The Beat” progresses from tenth KQBTto eighth, boasting its strongest 6+-share in more than two years (4.5, May 2014). Prior to July, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KOVE “Mas Variedad 106.5” had been down or flat the previous five sweeps for a combined loss of one-half share (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+). It rebounded with a one-half share gain and now replicates that (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+) to enter the top ten (#13 to #10); 3.9KOVE matches its strongest 6+-performance since October 2014 (also 3.9, 6+). Mirroring the situation in Dallas (see above) on two levels, there is a new #1 in Houston and the difference between the market’s first and second stations in August is just one-tenth. As for the specifics, after improving by one-half share in July, “Mas Variedad” regional Mexican cluster-mate KLTN adds another one-tenth, which is enough to dislodge iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” from the penthouse. This is the fifth successive gain for KLTN yielding a combined increase of more than two full-shares (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+). Without an increase for the fourth straight sweep (7.7 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), “Sunny” (first to second) had ranked #1 the past 23 ratings periods. It is the first time “Sunny” is below a seven-share (6+) since March 2015 (also 6.9, 6+). Off a combined six-tenths since April (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2, 6+), Cox Media Group country KKBQ posted a +.7 in July to 5.9, its best 6+-showing in exactly one year (6.4, 6+, July 2015). “The New 93-Q,” however, surrenders all of that gain (5.2 – 5.9 – 5.2, -.7, 6+) and remains at #5 for the third successive sweep. The fourth straight decrease by KSBJ “God Listens” drops the noncommercial contemporary Christian facility out of the top ten (#9 to #11). It is a combined -1.8 since April (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). Sputtering by one-half share (6.4 – 5.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1” drops from a third-place tie to fourth.

7) Philadelphia – Seven-tenths is lucky for two of the market’s talk outlets, as CBS Radio‘s WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” (2.8 – 3.5, WPHT Aug 2016#15 to #12, 6+) and public WHYY (steady at #17) each improve by seven-tenths. In the case of WHYY, the +.7 (to 2.6, 6+) ends six straight sweeps without an increase which resulted in the loss of approximately one-half of its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+). It is the first time “Talk Radio 1210” has crossed the three-share threshold (6+) in more than four years (3.0, May 2012). In yet another case where the top two finishers are separated by one-tenth (see Dallas and Houston above), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGLWHYY “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” (7.2 – 6.9, -.3, 6+), which unseated Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” at #1 in July, retains the market’s #1 bragging rights. “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” advanced to #1 in July from the runner-up slot, where it resided the previous seven survey periods. Meanwhile, WBEB slips for the third successive sweep (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+) for a combined loss of one full-share. Prior to July, “More FM” occupied the market’s top spot for 12 consecutive survey periods. This is the weakest 6+performance for “More FM” since September’s 6.8. After a combined +1.2 in June and July, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99” is steady at 4.9 and at #7  (3.7 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+). It is the strongest 6+-performance for “Power 99” in approximately two years (5.2, 6+, August 2014). Down or flat for the seventh straight time resulting in a more than 50% loss of its 6+-share (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Greater Media-owned WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” skids from #19 to #20. Rival WIP-FM is up one-tenth to 3.8 – the CBS Radio-owned Philadelphia Phillies flagship remains at #11. Once again down by two-tenths, Temple University classical outlet WRTI is without an increase for the seventh successive sweep (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+) and is flat at #22.


8) Atlanta – Flaunting the loftiest (6+) July 2016 – August 2016 increase of any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was WSB-AMreleased Monday, Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM holds the top spot for the seventh straight month (8.1 – 9.4, +1.3, 6+). On top of that, 9.4 is the most potent 6+-share for WSB-AM in the PPM-era. In 2.1 – 2.5 range (6+) the past six sweeps, CBS Radio sports outlet WZGC “92.9 The Game” (#17 to #15) trots out a +.6 (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), reaching aWZGC three-share for the first time since January’s 3.4 (6+). Improving by one-half share each are Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” (4.6, #11 to #8, 6+) and public WABE (2.5 – 3.0, #16 to #15, 6+). Preceding a +.5 in August, “The River” had been off the previous four sweeps (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+). Faltering by eight-tenths each are iHeartMedia-owned WUBL “94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s New Country Leader” (4.6 – 3.8, #7 to #12, 6+) and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” (4.2 – 3.4, #9 to #13, 6+). Following six straight up or flat trends yielding a +1.3 (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.9, 6+), “The Bull” regressed by three-tenths in July. Overtaking “The Bull” is Cumulus Media‘s similarly programmed WKHX “Kicks 101.5” (3.5 – 3.9, +.4, #13 to #11, 6+). Off by six-tenths (5.9 – 5.3, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” dips from a third-place tie to fourth. A -.2 in July ended four straight increases, which had netted “The Fish” three full-shares (3.1 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+). The market’s (6+) urban contemporary share sinks by eight-tenths, with CBS Radio’s WVEE “V-103” (6.9 – 6.5, 6+) and Radio One’s WHTA “Hot 107.9” (5.4 – 5.0, 6+) each regressing by four-tenths. “V-103” was +.4 in July, while “Hot” was +.6; they repeat at second and fifth, respectively.

9) Long Island – Up or flat for the sixth straight time for a cumulative +1.1 (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.6, 6+), CBS WWFSRadio hot AC WNEW “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) enters the top 20 via a three-way tie at #16. Included in that logjam is its format rival – Cumulus Media‘s WPLJ (3.2 – 2.6, -.6, 6+). Meanwhile, another hot AC – Connoisseur Media‘s WALK-FM (second to fourth) falters for the third consecutive sweep (5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Stuck on 3.5 (6+) in April, May, and June, iHeartMedia talkerWOR Logo WOR dropped to 3.3 in July but rebounds in August with a one-half share increase to 3.8 as the New York Mets flagship leaps from #12 to #8. While off by three-tenths to 6.4 (6+), co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100” is on top in Long Island for the seventh successive sweep. The loss of three-tenths though halts four straight sweeps where “Z-100” was up or flat (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+). After three straight declines which produced a combined -.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), Cox Media Group’s similarly programmed WBLI (third to second) is now up for the fourth successive sweep (3.0 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+). This is the 20th straight sweep that Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” (2.5 – 2.0, -.5, #19 to #22, 6+) is in 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+). In a similar and more pronounced vein, CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp” (#16 to #15) is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) for the 38th straight ratings period and is up or flat for the fifth straight time (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+). Tied at #12 are Cox Media Group’s WBAB “Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” (3.7 – 3.4, -.3, #8 in July, 6+) and its iHeartMedia New York City format competitor WAXQ “Q-104” (3.1 – 3.4, +.3, #15 in July, 6+).

10) Riverside – Following a one-share increase, which pulled the plug on back-to-back downward trends that produced a combined KLYYloss of four-tenths, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” fell by two-tenths in July but roars back with a +.8 and is #1 for the ninth consecutive ratings period. As the result of four straight up or flat trends (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.8, 6+), Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA (unchanged at #2) improves by nearly two full-shares. Prior to July, KOLA last crossed the six-share threshold (6+) thisKOLA past November (6.9). Having regressed by a combined -1.7 in six straight reports without an increase (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+), CBS Radio country outlet KFRG “K-Frog” notches a +.2 to 3.4 (6+) and is steady at #6. Co-owned format partner KXFG has a .1 for the sixth straight time and it again finishes at #21. After four successive sweeps without an increase (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN “Family Friendly” dials up a +.2 to 1.6 (6+) and advances from tenth to ninth. Unchanged at #5, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5” registers a 3.9 (6+) for the third successive time. Although remaining at #14, Los Angeles Angels flagship KLAA is off by one-tenth to .7 (6+) and sees its string of seven straight monthlies without a decrease come to an end (.2 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .6 – .6 -.7 -.8, 6+); KLAA quadrupled its 6+-stat in that period. For the seventh successive sweep, Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KCAL-AM checks in with a .2 (#19).

11) San Jose – Making mega-jumps of +1.2 each are CBS Radio all-news operation KCBS-AM (4.4 – 5.6, 6+) and Cumulus KCBS-AMMedia talker KGO (2.9, #22 to #13); KGO was 1.7 (6+) in April, May, and July. KCBS-AM catapults from sixth to a first-place tie with Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “100.3 Mas Variedad,” which is actually down four-tenths (6.0 – 5.6, 6+) but advances to first from the runner-up slot – where it has been theKGO Logo past four sweeps. Evicted from #1 following four straight months there is Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (6.6 – 5.3, -1.3, 6+), which falls to #3. The -1.3 in August by San Francisco Giants flagship KNBR is the largest (6+) July 2016 – August 2016 erosion by any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released Monday. After consecutive increases which yielded a combined +1.6 (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.5, 6+), KNBR slumped by six-tenths in May; was up one-tenth in June; and dropped four-tenths in July. Remaining in the spoken-word arena, Entercom-owned Oakland A’s flagship KGMZ “95.7 The Game” coughs up six-tenths (1.1 – .5, 6+) and drifts to #26. The fourth consecutive up or flat trend by iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL (steady at #13) is a +.6 (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9, 6+) as “The #1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” gains one full-share since April. Registering one-half share gains each are co-owned rhythmic CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9” (3.9, tenth to eighth, 6+) and Cumulus Media triple A KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original,” which jumps into the top 20 (#23 to #18). “WiLD” was locked on 3.5 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.4 (6+) in June and July; KFOG was in 1.0 – 1.8 territory the past 16 sweeps. Following three successive up-trends that netted eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media hot AC KEZR “Mix 106.5” surrenders a -1.2 to 4.2 (6+), sliding from third to sixth. In four straight down or flat trends (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.2 – .3 – .3, 6+), Empire Broadcasting-owned news-turned-classic country property KLIV “1590 Country Gold” (#28 to #27) is a combined -2.1.

12) Middlesex – Aided by an increase of seven-tenths (3.9 – 4.6, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ WSKQ“Mega 97.9” advances from eighth to sixth. Conversely, in addition to sputtering nine-tenths (3.8 – 2.9, 6+), Univision Radio‘s similarly programmed WXNY “X-96.3” freefalls from a three-way tie at #9 to #15. Following three straight advances of two-tenths each (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.8, 6+), WLTW “Lite-FM” regressedWINS by nine-tenths in June and by another seven-tenths in July. The iHeartMedia adult contemporary property bounces back in August though with a gain of six-tenths (5.8 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and returns to fifth from sixth; 4.2 was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite-FM in Middlesex since May 2013 (4.1). With a +.4 to 1.0 (#24, 6+), CBS Radio all-news WINS curtails six consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – .8 -.6, 6+). Albeit down by six-tenths (8.1 – 7.5, 6+), Townsquare Media talker WKXW is #1 for the eighth consecutive ratings period. Owing to a four-tenths gain in July, “New Jersey 101.5” applied the brakes to four straight negative trends that had resulted in a combined -1.4 (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+). This is the sixth successive ratings period that sports WEPN (#24) is either down or flat (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+). After five straight .5 showings (6+), Press Communications’ country WKMK “Thunder 106” disappears from print.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

| August 29, 2016

New Sales Managers Named at Entercom Boston.  Moving over from her sales manager position at Entercom’s news/talk WRKO to the same post at rock WAAF is Alison Harris.  Assuming the open sales manager post at WRKO is Denise DiLuca, who returns to Entercom from her most recent gig withwaaf logo iHeartMedia as VP of sales in Providence.  DiLuca worked in the business development department at Entercom Boston before joining iHeartMedia in 2012.  Entercom New England VP/market manager Phil Zachary says both Harris and DiLuca embody the cluster’s inexorable work ethic.  “Alison and Denise are natural sales leaders.  Both are highly regarded in the marketplace for their uncompromising integrity, outstanding training skills, intensity of focus and ability to recruit the very best local sellers.  I have no doubt our Boston cluster will continue to outperform the market with these proven professionals in key roles.”

Michael Saunders to Program ’93.7 The Beat’ in Houston.  Urban programming pro Michael Saunders – most recently PD at Cox Media Group’s urban AC WCFB, Orlando – joins iHeartMedia in Houston to saundersmichaelprogram urban contemporary KQBT and to serve as urban brand coordinator for the company’s national programming group.  This isn’t his first go-round with iHeartMedia; he was previously VP of programming for its Detroit stations and programmed WWPR, New York “Power 105.1.”  Marc Sherman, region senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Houston, says, “Michael is a proven leader who will bring incredible results to iHeartMedia.  We are excited to bring a programmer of his caliber to Houston and are eager to make history as we transition to this exciting new chapter of THE BEAT.”

Cumulus Ups Hach to VP, Digital for San Francisco.  After serving as digital and integrated sales manager for Cumulus Media’s San Francisco and Minneapolis clusters, Justin Hach is promoted to vice president, digital hachjustinfor the company’s San Francisco station group that includes sports talk KNBR, triple A KFOG, classic rock KSAN, news/talk KGO, news/talk KSFO and Asian KSJO.  Hach’s charge will be to lead a team that is responsible for all digital and social strategies, development, content and revenue.  Vice president and market manager Justin Wittmayer says, “I’m really proud of the team that Justin has built and the way that they’re connecting our brands and fans.  His content strategy is driving database growth, engagement, revenue and, most important, a better user/client experience.”

Jess Hanson to Head Up Horizon Broadcasting’s Central Oregon Station Group.  Most recently with Townsquare Media’s Abilene, Texas operations, Jess Hanson heads north to join Horizon Broadcasting Group’s Central Oregon media properties as market manager/general sales manager.  He’ll  oversee thehansonjess company’s five radio stations – classic hits KQAK-FM, hot AC KWPK “The PEAK 104.1,” AC KLTW “95.7 MY FM,” news/talk simulcast KBNW-AM/FM, and classic country KRCO – as well as the company’s digital assets and event productions.  Horizon president and CEO Keith Shipman states, “I am pleased to hand over the day-to-day operations of our Central Oregon assets to an experienced and successful leader.  Jess has demonstrated his passion for the radio industry over the past three decades and has built successful sales and programming teams throughout his career.  He has a proven track record in broadcast, digital and event sales – all of which are key to our clients’ marketing plans.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Afternoon drive personality Tim Virgin signs a contract extension tovirgintim remain with Cumulus Media’s classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago “97.9 The Loop.”  He posted this message to listeners, “Well Chicago…You’re stuck with me for a couple more years!  So happy, honored and excited to extend my time at the greatest rock station in the land 97.9 The Loop!”…..In San Diego, Greg Raneiri is named music director at country KSON, adding that responsibility to his night jock duties.  Entercom also gives hot AC KXSN afternoon personality Gene Knight music director duties for his station…..Afternoon drive personality Zakk exits Cumulus Media’s rhythmic AC WRWM, Indianapolis “93.9 The Beat” for a new, yet-to-be announced gig.

Friday, August 26, 2016

| August 26, 2016

It’s Official:  FCC Releases 2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review.  For some time we’ve known what this review was going to say, but the FCC has now officially released the Quadrennial Regulatory Review with the subtitle “Review of the Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules And Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section fccnew202 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.”  Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly sums up his feelings thusly, “…rarely have I seen a proceeding take so long and a document say so much in order to accomplish nothing of value.  I dissent.”  Ouch!  And referring to the release of theoriellymichael 2010 Quadrennial Review in 2016, Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai states, “What took us so long?  Based on the ‘substance’ of this Order, I have no idea, for the agency essentially does nothing but stick its head in the sand.”  Both commissioners chide their agency for sticking with the ban on Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-ownership, citing arguments with which readers of this trade publication are already very familiar.  Pai also laments the commission’s unwillingness to update the Local Radio Ownership Rule, the Radio-Television Cross-Ownership Rule, and the Dual Network Rule.  paiajitHe accuses the agency of defying the courts with regard to diversity.  Five years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the FCC’s definition of “eligible entity.”  Pai comments, “Earlier this year, the Third Circuit said ‘enough is enough’ and demanded that the FCC take prompt action on its ‘stalled efforts to promote diversity in the broadcast industry.’   So what does the Commission do here in response to the court?  Precisely one thing: It re-adopts the exact same ‘eligible entity’ definition that the Third Circuit rejected in 2011!”  Pai goes on to express disappointment with partisanship and procedure that hampers the agency’s ability to serve the industry.  “Today’s result is all the more unfortunate because compromise was well within reach.  For example, a bipartisan majority of commissioners was willing to repeal the outdated Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule.  But for some reason, we were told that this rule would not be repealed unless all commissioners agreed.  And sadly, one chose to exercise that veto.  As someone who has been on the losing end of more 3-2 votes than I care to remember, I am baffled by this new requirement for unanimity.  We’ve been told for years by the FCC’s leadership that 3-2 votes are what democracy is all about.  Except, I guess, when it isn’t.”  You can read the FCC’s entire report as well as full commentary by O’Rielly, Pai and Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn here.


Cumulus Media Names Jess Poxson Assistant Program Director.  Midday air personality Jess Poxson adds assistant program director duties to her role at Cumulus Media’s Detroit country outlet WDRQ “NASH FMpoxsonjess 93.1.”  She’ll work with Detroit director of FM programming Robby Bridges and Cumulus Media Detroit operations manager Mike Wheeler.  Bridges states, “In the longstanding Cumulus tradition of promoting from within, it is a pleasure to enhance Jessica’s role here in Detroit as we build DRQ’s brand and profile in the community and continue providing the best country music content to Detroit’s passionate country fans.  I am thrilled she’ll be working closely with me and our team.”

Petrosso Rises to SVP of Sales at iHeartMedia Charlotte.  General sales manager Ryan Petrosso is promoted to senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s Charlotte station group that includes: country WKKT “96.9 The Kat,” CHR WHQC “Channel 96.1,” classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” classic hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake” and alternative WEND “106.5 The End.” Charlotte also serves as the flagship market for the syndicated John Boy & Billy Radio Network, the “Ace & TJ Show” and the “Woody & Wilcox Show.”  Petrosso started in the radio business at iHeartMedia’s Providence cluster in 2004, eventually rising to GSM there.  He joined the company’s Charlotte cluster in 2015.


RadioInfo Tidbits.  Using the election motif to promote their morning drive program, WMYX, Milwaukee “99.1weselizabethCamp16 The Mix” duo Wes McKane and Elizabeth Kay are pictured here (from l-r, happy listener, Kay, McKane) with their “campaign” poster promoting their vow to “make mornings great again” for Milwaukee radio listeners.  Listeners are able to drop by the station to pick up their free signs.  Wes and Elizabeth are also planning a whistle-stop tour throughout the Milwaukee market to distribute the signs to listeners…..Kathryn Boxill (below) shows off her award commemorating boxillkathrynher 20 years of service to employer Research Director, Inc.  Boxill is radio sales research manager and Research Director, Inc. partner Marc Greenspan states, “It’s unusual in today’s work environment for employees to stay so long with one company and this is a significant milestone.  At Research Director, Inc., we have a lot of pride about the client-centered approach to our business.  Kathryn plays a key role in this process.  We wish her continued success.”…..CBS RADIO Las Vegas announces the launch of “98.5 DaKLUC-HD2 Da Shaka Shaka,” the market’s Island and Reggae Station on 98.5 KLUC’s HD-2 frequency.  The company notes that in addition to listening to “Da Shaka” locally through the HD-2 frequency, listeners can also stream the station through or the app for mobile devices…..Alpha Media country outlet KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” announces Interscope recording artists The Band Perry will headline the station’s Santa Jam Concert on December 4 at the Theater of the Clouds at the Moda Center.   KUPL PD and afternoon personality MoJoe Roberts says, “We’re thrilled to serve up our holiday gift to country music fans in Portland!  The Band Perry will share the stage with several rising stars at Santa Jam.  We’ll begin to unveil them in the coming weeks, once Santa confirms them on his ‘nice list.’”

wdst logoCool Office Position Opportunity.  WDST, Woodstock, New York “Radio Woodstock” is looking for an outgoing, friendly, and highly motivated receptionist/assistant office manager/promotions assistant.  Candidates will need to be able to multi-task and assist various departments, including the sales team and promotions manager.  Promotions includes assisting with the station website, social media, e-blast, live performance coordination and basic graphics duties.  Looking for team player who loves what Radio Woodstock is all about.  No phone calls.  Mail cover letter and resume to:  Cynthia V. Huggins, WDST-FM, PO Box 367, Woodstock, NY 12498 or email  EOE.

Thursday, August 24, 2016

| August 25, 2016

Amber Bouchard Named APD and Midday Jock at Alternative WRFF, Philly.  The new midday personality and assistant program director at iHeartMedia’s alternative WRFF, Philadelphia “Radio 104.5” isbouchardamber Amber Bouchard, a.k.a. Amber Miller.  She takes over for Wendy Rollins who recently exited the station to relocate to Atlanta.  Station program director John Allers says, “We were very fortunate to have some exceptional candidates raise their hand for this position.  Amber stood out as the perfect match for Radio 104.5’s assistant program director position with her broad background in radio and records combined with a strong understanding of our target audience and the music they love.”  Bouchard previously served as national director of promotion for Caroline Records.  Her radio resume includes stops at WEQX, Albany; WDVD, Detroit; WDCG, Raleigh; and WQSM-FM/Fayetteville.

CMG Promotes Dawn Campbell to Director of Branding and Programming for WCFB, Orlando.  After five years with Cox Media Group Orlando, most recently as music director for urban adult contemporary campbelldawnand WCFB and hip hop WPYO and promotions manager for WCFB, Dawn Campbell is named director of branding and programming for WCFB “STAR 94.5.”  Cluster operations director Stevie DeMann says, “I’ve had a front row seat to see Dawn grow through her entire career.  Her passion, dedication and knowledge of the brands she’s been able to touch are unmatched.  I’m so excited for her personally and have all of the confidence in the world that she will be a great leader for the ‘Star 94.5’ brand and the staff.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The reason is not quite clear but Joe Volk of the long-running “Joe and the Poorboy” show on Cumulus Media’s rock WKQZ, Midland, Michigan has exited the station.  Program co-host Adam Shilling announced Volk’s departure earlier this week…..With the departure of Dave Hovel to iHeartMedia’s Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland cluster, West Virginia Radio Corp. promotes PM drive personality Jason Taylor to program director and morning host at its country WICL, Williamsport, Maryland and simultaneously ups midday host Rona Mensah to afternoons.

Cumulus Media to Use Twitter’s ‘Moments’ to Curate Station Happenings.  The company says it is “among the first radio media companies to use Twitter’s ‘Moments’ and to curate the very best stories from moments around its 452 radio stations and Westwood One’s syndicated programs.”  As you may already know, cumulus logo“Moments” are collections of Tweets that share the stories happening on Twitter, curated by Twitter and select partners.  Companies granted access to make Moments can use the creative format to tell stories using related, real-time content. Moments unfold across multiple Tweets and involve various points of view, and can be Tweeted or shared via link.  Suzanne Grimes, EVP, corporate marketing for Cumulus and president of Westwood One, says, “We are beyond thrilled to be part of this innovative feature from Twitter. It’s the perfect marketing tool for the network and our stations, who pour their hearts and souls into their shows and their events.  It allows them to connect with and extend real-time relationships with our listeners, our communities, and our advertising partners.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  At this year’s Radio Show in Nashville, FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Ajit Pai will be speaking.  Commissioner Pai addresses attendees on Thursday at “Keeping Up with the Changing Radio Regulatory Landscape,” and immediately following, will be the session “A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.”…..Alpha Media’s rock WMFX, Columbia, South Carolina “Fox 102.3” is airing Carolina Panthers play-by-play broadcasts this season.  The station will air full coverage of all games, plus pre-game and post-game shows, “Panther’s Talk” each Monday night at 7:00 pm and daily Panther updates…..Entercom partners with Clip Interactive to use the latter’s interactive radio platform for its 129 stations.  Using Clip-built mobile apps, Entercom stations can deliver interactive broadcast and stream content feeds to listeners.  The Clip platform enables interactivity with all audio content delivered by Entercom stations via broadcast and stream…..Westwood One is offering Labor Day Weekend pop and rock specials.  Each is a four-hour program – one for CHR and hot AC stations hosted by Troye Sivan and one for rock-oriented stations hosted by Fitz and the Tantrums.  Each show shares “highlights of the summer of 2016, along with all the music that’s a must for every end-of-summer playlist.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

| August 24, 2016

Big D to Host Afternoons at KWNR, Las Vegas.  Air personality Big D is named the new afternoon drive jock at iHeartMedia’s country KWNR, Las Vegas “95.5 The Bull.”  He is taking over the daypart from the company’s regional SVP of programming JoJo Turnbeaugh, who says, “Big D was a big part of ‘The Bull’ whenbigd kwnrhe handled nights a couple of years ago.  It’s great to have him back home where I know he will take afternoons to a whole new level here in Las Vegas.”  Big D also worked in the Vegas market at iHeartMedia’s CHR KPLV “93.1 The Party” as APD/MD and afternoon host.  He says, “Country radio is something I’ve grown to love over the last five years.  I’ve been lucky enough to learn the format from amazing programmers like Travis Moon, Bree Wagner, Gregg Swedberg, and JoJo Turnbeaugh.  I’m excited to step into my first full-time gig in country radio with a stacked air staff on a massive station.  I’m blessed for this opportunity and cannot wait to see where it brings me next.  Horns Up!”

WIL, St. Louis Names Danny Montana Midday Jock.  St. Louis country outlet WIL fills its midday slotmontanaDannyTSwift with current assistant program director Danny Montana (pictured here with Taylor Swift several years back).  He’s been with the Hubbard Radio station since 1995, first as the overnight personality, then serving as a daytime on-air talent, as well as music director for the station.  In 2003 he was named APD with responsibilities including management of the country artist meet & greet opportunities and producing all of the WIL country music concerts.  He will continue in that role.  WIL program director Scott Roddy says, “Danny worked VERY hard to earn this position – and the competition was tough!  Danny’s commitment to the WIL brand, new country, and our passionate followers make me proud to name him WIL’s new midday personality.”

iHeartMedia Brings Tom Sheridan Aboard.  Sales pro Tom Sheridan – formerly a GSM and director of sheridantomsales for E.W. Scripps’ crosstown operations – joins the iHeartMedia’s Milwaukee station group to serve as a senior account executive.  Sheridan brings his quarter century of sales experience in the market to iHeartMedia’s cluster that includes: country WMIL, urban contemporary WKKV, classic hits WRIT, news/talk WISN, CHR WRNW, and sports talk WOKY.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At CBS RADIO’s Boston CHR WODS “103.3 AMP Radio,” there are a number of moves to report.  Vanessa Hale is named afternoon drive personality.  Corinne Kimball removes the “interim” from her midday host title.  Matt Bosso is now the APD and music director, and mix show coordinator Tone Terra is named assistant music director…..iHeartMedia country outlet WMZQ, Washington adds Sun Broadcast Group’s “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver” for the evening daypart…..Bay Area radio personality Renel Brooks-Moon joins Entercom’s urban adult contemporary KBLX, San Francisco to serve as host of the Sunday evening “Soul School Sundays” program…..Three female voices are added to the program schedule at Entercom’s classic rock KUFX, San Jose “98.5 KFOX.”  Nancy Newcomer is the new host of the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm show. Celeste Perry takes over the evening program, and sister station KOIT midday host Teri King will pull weekend shifts at KUFX.

Nielsen Pulls 35 Households from Los Angeles PPM Panel.  Citing “irregular compliance patterns,” Nielsen Audio has made it known that it has dismissed 35 households from the Los Angeles PPM panel.  Nielsen is not going into much detail other than to say that its review team discovered that its quality standards were not nielsen logoadhered to.  Nielsen says the irregularities were noticed among households in question in the first two weeks of the Los Angeles August 2016 survey and that those households were removed for weeks three and four of the survey.  As a result, Nielsen is reviewing the data for the Los Angeles surveys to determine if any previous months had been affected.  The company is also looking at other PPM markets to see if similar irregularities occurred.  Meanwhile, Nielsen says its control system did its job is discovering the problems but will continue to review ways to prevent recurrence of these irregularities.  It’s not believed that any media households were involved.  It was two years ago that a KSCA, Los Angeles staffer was fired after it had been determined the station had made contact with a panelist and ratings had to be reissued.

Midwest Communications Buys Eight Signals from Red Rock Radio.  You can add eight more signals to the portfolio of Midwest Communications after the company acquires them from Minnesota-based Red Rock Radio.  The deal includes five FM stations and three translators.  They are: KQDS-FM Duluth, WEVE-FM Eveleth, KGPZ-FM Coleraine, WXXZ-FM Grand Marais, KAODFM Babbitt, and translators W252AN Hibbing, W288AI Ely, and W221AU Virginia.  Red Rock Radio is operated by Kathy Lau and Shawn Skramstad.  They own 24 radio stations in Minnesota.  Midwest Communications owns 73 stations in Tennessee, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Among the broadcasters doing what they can to assist those affected by the floods inalphaBiloxirelief16 Louisiana are the folks at Alpha Media’s Biloxi operations.  They partnered with the City of Gulfport to collect relief supplies.  Their goal was to fill one semi-truck, but that goal was far exceeded when three 18-wheelers were loaded with necessities.  The Biloxi team delivered the items to the Louisiana Flood victims on Wednesday, August 17th.  WXYK “107.1 The Monkey” evening host James Steele comments on the efforts saying, “It was touching. It was beautiful. With all of the bad news and bad things going on in the world, this makes you realize that the world isn’t all bad; the world is full of really great people.”…..Beasley Media Group is acquiring FM translator K268CS, Las Vegas from Southern Nevada Educational Broadcasters for $700,000.  Bob Heymann of the Chicago office of Media Services Group served as the exclusive broker representating the buyer in this transaction.  Robert Branch represented the seller.