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Friday, December 2, 2016

| December 2, 2016

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Alternative Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of the performances of stations airing rock formats based on data from the Nielsen Audio’s November PPM survey.  Today, the focus is on alternative rock.  iHeartMedia’s KTCL, Denver “Channel 93.3” is the only alternative rock outlet to rank #1 in its market during the November survey.  Entercom’s KRBZ, Kansas City “96.5 The Buzz” leaps a full 1.1 share (6+) to rank #3 in its market.  For a look at how alternative stations in PPM markets performed compared to last month and compared to November 2015, plus more, click here.

Brandys Promoted to Baltimore SVP/Market Manager for CBS RADIO.  From her most recent position as VP, director of sales, Tracy Brandys is elevated to senior vice president, market manager and director of sales for CBS RADIO’s Baltimore stations, including sports talk duo WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan,” WJZ-AM “CBS Sportsbrandystracy Radio 1300,” adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9,” CHR WWMX “Mix 106.5,” as well as the CBS RADIO Up Close Performance Studio that hosts local and national sports figures and musicians.  She replaces former Baltimore market manager Bob Philips who was recently named chief revenue officer for CBS RADIO.  Company COO Scott Herman says, “Tracy’s years of sales and management experience, coupled with her intimate knowledge of our Baltimore stations and the overall market, made her the natural choice to take on this important role.  Throughout her tenure with CBS RADIO Tracy has proven to be a powerhouse salesperson who has led and grown our revenue and market share in Baltimore and has been a trusted leader to our valued employees.  We are delighted to reward her accomplishments with this well-deserved promotion.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Longtime Austin, Texas radio personality Sandy McIlree is moving to Cincinnati to become part of the morning show at Hubbard Radio’s adult contemporary WREW “MIX 94.9.”  He’ll work alongside current morning hosts Ray Anderson and Karen Van Zant.  In Austin, McIlree had worked for KRBV and KAMX…..Current midday air personality Paris Nicole is promoted to assistant program director at Radio One’s hip hop WCDX, Richmond, Virginia…..Jose Gadea is named program director for iHeartMedia’s La Preciosa Network.  Gadea is also serving as the operations manager for the network’s flagship station KFSO, Fresno “La Preciosa 92.9.”…..At the Beasley Media Group Charlotte cluster, Artie the One-Woman Party exits her midday show on urban AC WBAV “V101.9,” and Danny Diaz moves on from the night show at sister hip hop WPEG “POWER 98.”…..Colorado Springs radio pro Lou Mellini is retiring from his position as vice president and general manager at Colorado Springs Radio Broadcasters’ rock KILO-FM and alternative KRXP.  Seventy-five year old Mellini has spent most of his 35 years in the business at the two stations.

The News Media Alliance and National Association of Broadcasters Seeking Review of FCC’s Cross Ownership Rules.  The News Media Alliance is going straight to President-Elect Donald Trump with a white paper that lays out its case for abandoning the 1975 rule that makes cross-ownership of electronic and print medianewsmediaalliance illegal and the National Association of Broadcasters is petitioning the FCC for nab-logoreconsideration of the 2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review’s conclusion to maintain the ban (as well as other policies).  Regular TALKERS readers are aware of the argument that the current state of media looks nothing like it did in 1975 and current regulations should reflect the current business conditions.  News Media Alliance president and CEO David Chavern states, “While news organizations are innovating and adapting to a vastly different media landscape, antiquated government regulations and imbalanced policies are unnecessarily hindering investment and growth at news media companies.  We encourage the new administration to revisit these regulations and policies as it charts a new course for our nation’s economic growth.”

siriusxmsmallReport: Pandora and SiriusXM Talking Acquisition.  According to CNBC, digital music pure play Pandora is talking with SiriusXM about being acquired by the satellite radio company.  The report indicates that the talks arepandoralogo very preliminary but that this shows a change of heart after Pandora dismissed an informal offer of $15 per share from SiriusXM parent Liberty Media back in July.  Liberty CEO Greg Maffei is quoted saying, “We think that the free space, whether it be commercial, terrestrial radio or Pandora, is still a very attractive space.  And we talked about how we’d like to find a way to participate.  I think the streaming business, which Pandora seems to have doubled down on, is a very unattractive business.  So there are parts of Pandora that could be attractive.  And there’s parts that we’d have questions about.”  Read the CNBC piece here.

bernadettestudio16The Yappy Tour Rolls Through WABC, New York.  The recently published book, Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books), by veteran talk radio producer Bernadettehamburgjoan Duncan (left), continues to burn up the airwaves.  The coast-to-coast book tour rolled through New York City yesterday (12/1) as the author was interviewed by the legendary talk radio grand dame Joan Hamburg for her Saturday show (12/3) on the legendary WABC.  Duncan tells TALKERS, “It was one of the highlights of my career being interviewed by the great Joan Hamburg.  Not only is she one of my personal idols, but I can safely describe her as one of the best radio talkers of any era and a national treasure.  Being on her show and the airwaves of WABC is deeply gratifying to me and hopefully to the thousands of radio enthusiasts who have been giving this book such wonderfulbernadettebooksmall support.”  Yappy Days recounts Duncan’s 26-year career as a producer of radio talk shows working with such big-name talents as Larry KingSally Jessy RaphaelLou DobbsTom SnyderGil GrossCharles Osgood and many more during modern talk radio’s pre- and post-9/11 “golden era.”  Plus, she tells stories about behind-the-scenes encounters with hundreds of guests from the worlds of show business, politics, media, business and literature.  The interview is already posted as a podcast on the WABC website and can be heard by clicking here.   Due to the strong response by hosts across the nation to the subject and Duncan’s lively air presence, the national “Yappy Tour” will continue to roll on through the first quarter of 2017.  Duncan has already appeared on more than 40 local and syndicated programs.  Hosts and shows interested in booking Bernadette Duncan can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

gracies-logoSix Days Left for Gracies Early Bird Deadline.  The deadline for early bird entries for the 2017 Gracie Awards is Thursday, December 8.  The annual awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognize “exemplary programming created by, for and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individual achievement.”  All submissions must have been released, posted or aired between December 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.  Please note, this is a change from previous years’ timeline for eligibility.  The final deadline for submissions is January 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET.  See how to register submissions here.

November 2016 PPM Analysis: Alternative

| December 2, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian-2LOS ANGELES — Three rock-based formats are incorporated in our overview of November 2016 PPM results – which we began yesterday (Thursday, 12/1) with triple A.

In today’s spotlight is alternative, which is occasionally referred to as “modern rock” or sometimes as “new rock.”

As was the case with triple A, the following alternative scoreboards are comprised of PPM-market facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+, November 2016).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

| December 1, 2016

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Triple A.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three analyses of the performances of radio stations airing rock-based formats based on data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2016 PPM survey.  Today’s report focuses on adult album alternative, or triple A.  Compared to other radio formats, triple A tends to draw a smaller, but loyal, audience.  The highest-ranked stations in PPM markets across the U.S. are KBCO, Denver (#9), KFOG, San Jose (#13), and KINK, Portland (#14).  For more on ratings improvements year-over-year, from last month to this, and a six-survey review of stations’ market shares, click here.

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iHeartRadio Announces Beta Versions of New Subscription Services.  The digital platform from iHeartMedia unveils the beta version of two subscription tiers for iHeartRadio.  They are called iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster.  Here’s the rough breakdown:  iHeartRadio Plus costs $4.99 per iheartradio-newmonth and allows users to instantly replay songs from the radio and then return to the live radio station in progress; the ability to save songs from the radio to a playlist for playback any time; the ability to play any song from a library of millions of tracks; and to have unlimited skips.  iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster costs $9.99 per month and adds, in addition to the features just described for Plus, the ability to build a personal music library; it puts no cap on playbacks, allowing more freedom to manage playlists; and allows offline listening to music in the user’s playlists.  iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman states, “Whereas the LP, CD and music downloads are the ancestors of all current on-demand services, the ancestor for our new on-demand offerings is broadcast radio.  By combining radio’s popularity and reach with interactive on-demand functionality, we have created the first fully differentiated streaming music service for consumers.”

‘105.1 Bounce’ in Detroit Announces Jock Lineup.  After a July flip from sports talk to rhythmic oldies, Beasley Media Group’s WMGC, Detroit “105.1 The Bounce” is announcing the lineup of personalities, or wmgc“Bounce Ambassadors.”  Program director Al Payne says this “first wave” of Bounce Ambassadors includes: Detroit native Suga Rae on air from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Phoenix market native Deongello “GELLO” Vanorsby for the 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm daypart, plus DJ Dinero “mixing live for 105 minutes commercial free” at 7:10 am, 12:10 pm and 4:10 pm, and Detroit native Reggie Reg hosting the midday Sunday show.  Payne comments, “We have been amazed at and humbled by the response to this station!  Every listener we encounter has their own interpretation of what our ‘BOUNCE’ music means to them.  Therefore we want each tune-in to both meet their expectations and be special!”

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Andy Winford Named PD at KATM, Modesto-Stockton.  Programmer Andy Winford is named PD at Cumulus Media’s country KATM, Modesto-Stockton “KAT Country.”  Winford comes over to Cumulus from hiswinfordandy most recent gig in Yakima, Washington programing KIT-AM and KATS-FM for Townsquare Media.   Cumulus Modesto-Stockton VP/market manager Bob Berger states, “‘KAT Country’ has been a great radio station for nearly 25 years.  What makes it great is the people that have been and are a part of it today.  Andy Winford will bring us fresh ears and ideas and I know that he will work to support the great talent we have in place.  I am excited to see KAT Country’s growth in serving our community in the coming years.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Pop star Niall Horan takes over the hosting duties on Premiere Networks’ “American Top 40” this weekend (12/3-4).  The One Direction member has just released his debut solo single “This Town.”  He’ll count down the top 40 songs and reveal details about his upcoming album, including his inspiration and surprise collaborations…..Cumulus Media is kicking off a nationwide radio promotion called “12 Days of Led Zeppelin.”  For 12 consecutive days in December, Cumulus rock stations will highlight music from the band’s iconic career and will give away deluxe CD sets and super deluxe box sets from the legendary band.  In addition to showcasing the music and the collector’s item giveaways, stations will air clips from a four-hour “Led Zeppelin Then and Now” radio special produced by Rhino Records back in 2015…..Sun Broadcast Group is entering into a sales and syndication partnership with “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.”  The show is currently heard on more than 80 stations, including WAXQ, New York City and WROR, Boston and is hosted by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt…..Morning show hosts Chris Matthews and Nina D. of country KMLE, Phoenix, in conjunction with the charity Packages From Home, recently asked Valley residents to write 53,000 “Thank You” letters to the troops this holiday season in an effort called, “Chris & Nina’s Big Thank You.”  Matthews says, “We set our goal high this year.  Last year we asked for 20,000 letters and raised over 53,000!  This year we wanted to collect at least 53,000 letters, and we are pleased to announce that we did it.”   Packages From Home’s primary purpose is to provide food, personal care, and recreational items to deployed American troops, at no cost to them.  Items include non-perishable food, personal toiletries, and recreational items such as games, books, music, movies and more…..The sale of radio stations standards WCMP-AM and country WCMP-FM, Pine City, Minnesota from Red Rock Radio Corporation to Q Media Properties, LLC closes.  Also, the sale of KURQ-FM, Grover Beach, California from El Dorado Broadcasters LLC to Gold Coast Radio, LLC closes.  Both transactions were handled exclusively by Kalil & Co…..This evening (12/1), WPLJ, New York presents an evening with psychic medium John Edward to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital at The NYCB Theater at Westbury.  All ticket proceeds will benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital, which is leading the way into a brighter future for children and adolescents facing special health challenges – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health.

November 2016 PPM Analysis: Triple A

| December 1, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian-2LOS ANGELES — Our extensive three-part series recapping November 2016 PPM results commences with triple A, also known as “album alternative” or “adult album alternative.”

Forthcoming November 2016 ratings summaries will cover alternative and rock.

Parameters used for these triple A scoreboards – and the alternative and rock ones to follow – are that facilities must appear in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, November 2016).

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo triple A analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

| November 30, 2016

SiriusXM Settles Pre-1972 Class Action Suit.  The terms of this settlement must be approved by a federal court in California, but the report is that SiriusXM is agreeing to pay millions to The Turtles and other acts for siriusxmSiriusXM’s playing of pre-1972 recordings plus millions more for the license to play the music going forward.  The class action suit is led by Flo & Eddie, Inc., the rights holder to The Turtles’ music.  The settlement would pay between $25 million and $40 million for the unlicensed use of the music in the past and the satcaster would pay as much as $59 million in royalties (at a 5.5% rate) over the next 10 years.  Some of the above mentioned figures are subject to adjustment depending on the success or not of appeals to rulings on similar suits in Florida and New York.

Programmer Ronnie Stanton Named VP with Alpha Media.  Programming pro Ronnie Stanton joins Alpha Media to serve as VP of programming overseeing the company’s rock, classic rock, alternative, oldies and classic hits formats.  Additionally, he’ll program adult contemporary KBAY and hot AC KEZR in San Jose.stantonronnie  Stanton’s resume includes programming stations in Australia and Canada.  He was most recently VP of programming for Canada’s Corus Entertainment.  He served as a morning show talent coach for the Randy Lane Company and has been nominated nine times by the Canadian Music Week Radio Awards for “Program Director of the Year.”  Alpha EVP of programming Scott Mahalick states, “We are thrilled to have an additional visionary programmer join our team.  Ronnie brings an international perspective, winning track record, great passion for the art of the product and stellar leadership traits.”

Radio One Adds Mark Charnock as Chief Digital Officer.  Joining Radio One as chief digital officer is Mark Charnock, who most recently was serving with Monster as SVP of media and sales.  Radio One CEO charnockmarkAlfred Liggins said during a recent quarterly earnings call, “We have made a significant new hire for our local digital business, which I believe will help us grow that revenue stream over time.”  The company says, “Charnock is a strategic, multi-faceted and entrepreneurial sales professional with proven success as a leader in both start-up and established media firms.  Building infrastructure and growing business capacity and digital revenue streams is what Charnock has become respected for over his progressive 23 year career.  His expertise in web-based products and sales, including starting three companies is expected to be a good fit in the Radio One, soon to be renamed Urban One, entrepreneurial, multi-media culture.”

Neumann to Lead Programming at iHeartMedia’s Savannah/Hilton Head Cluster.  Programmer Bob Neumann is taking on the SVP of programming role at iHeartMedia’s Savannah/Hilton Head market thatneumannbob includes hip hop WQBT, CHR WAEV, adult contemporary WYKZ, rhythmic oldies WLVH, news/talk WTKS-AM, and Gospel WSOK-AM.  Company regional SVP of programming LJ Smith comments, “You can’t help but be impressed with Bob’s track record over his entire career.  We’re looking forward to him using that experience to continue our ratings success in Savannah.”  Bob Neumann previously served as PD at KHMX-FM Houston, WSJT-FM in Tampa, and WRMF-FM, West Palm Beach.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Four staffers have reportedly been let go from Hubbard Radio’s Chicago station group.  Chicagoland Radio and Media is reporting that new VP/market manager Jeff England met with the entire Chicago staff on Monday to announce the staff is being reduced because of budget issues.  Reportedly laid off are: WDRV/WSHE assistant program director and direct marketing manager Paul Webber,delilah WSHE/WTMX/WDRV production director John Siuntres, WDRV promotions assistant Ryan Williams, and digital media graphic designer Bianca Cordova…..Nationally syndicated, late night adult contemporary star Delilah is now being heard on the American Forces Network (AFN).  Premiere Networks’ Delilah airs weeknights at 7:00 pm in Japan, Korea and Central Europe on AFN RADIO’s Today’s Best Hits Adult Contemporary channel…..oWOW Cleveland announces that music director and air personality Steve Pappas is promoted to operations manager of oWOW, effective immediately.  Pappas will continue with his daily afternoon drive shift on oWOW.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

| November 29, 2016

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallMulti-Media Communications Artist Jay Mohr Guests This Week on Harrison Podcast.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison describes nationally-syndicated Fox Sports Radio host Jay Mohr as a “remarkably diverse and original multi-media communications artist” and welcomes him as his guest this week on the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out.”  In addition to being heard daily as a sports talker on more than 160 stations, Mohr is an acclaimed stand-up comic (one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” according to Comedy Central) and an accomplished actor who has starred or appeared in more than 25 movies (including “Jerry McGuire” and “Picture Perfect”) and 50 television shows (including “Gary Unmarried” and “Ghost Whisperer”).  Between 1993 and 1995, he served as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.”  He’s beenmohrjay nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy.  He is the author of two best-sellers, Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live (Hachett, 2004) and No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad (Simon & Schuster, 2010).  He also hosts a weekly PodcastOne series, “Mohr Stories.”  Harrison and Mohr talk about comedy, radio (and really rip apart the PPM), and sports as well as philosophy, space and time.  Harrison says, “Mohr is startlingly candid and thoughtfully provocative.  Our audience of ‘media freaks’ around the world will love this one.”  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

mackquatroGraham Mack Interviews All-Girl Band Pioneer Suzi Quatro on TalkersRadio’s ‘London Calling.’  In one of the latest episodes of “London Calling,” host Graham Mack talks to Suzi Quatro in the kitchen of her Elizabethan mansion in Essex.  Suzi shares stories about life on the road in an all-girl band touring the USA before she moved to Britain, how her life changed when she met British record producer Mickie Most, and how at the age of 18 and pregnant by a married man she made the difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy.  She tells Mack, “I carry the stigma of that forever.”  “London Calling with Graham Mack” is a weekly show produced in the UK specifically for TalkersRadio, TALKERS magazine’s special online radio experimental workshop and program showcase.  Suzi Quatro (r) is pictured with Graham Mack (l).  To listen to the entire episode of “London Calling” please click here.

ppmunitRound Four of November PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s November 2016 PPM survey has been released for the fourth and final round of 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s November 2016 survey period covered October 6 – November 2.  View all the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM markets.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Austin – Among all stations in Nielsen Audio’s 48-PPM markets, only iHeartMedia talker/Cleveland Indians flagship WTAM can claim a greater (6+) October 2016 – November 2016 increase (+2.7) than KBPAKBPA “Bob,” which flexes its muscle with a +2.5 (8.0 – 10.5, 6+) and is back in first-place after a one-month hiatus. In addition to 10.5 being the highest-ever 6+-share for “Bob” under PPM-methodology, it is the seventh-best 6+ share by any Austin station in the PPM-era. The Emmis adult hits outlet had been #1 each month this calendar year before seguing to second in October. It succeeds the station that replaced it this time last month – University of Texas at Austin-owned KUT – down one-tenth (9.1 – 9.0, 6+) and returning to the runner-up slot it occupied the previous five ratings periods before advancing to #1 in October. By gaining four-tenths in June, “Bob” halted three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+). “Bob” regressed by -.5 in July; rebounded with a +1.1 in August; and declined -.8 in September. Similarly, significant month-to-month swings are not unusual for KUT, which was +1.2 in December 2015; -.1.0 in April; +.7 in July; +1.3 in August; -.9 in September; and +1.3 in October. Prior to August, the last time KUT crossed the eight-share barrier (6+) was February 2011 when it reached 8.5. Progressing by one-half share to 5.6 (6+) and jumping from sixth to fourth is Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5,” still boasting Austin’s highest 6+ PPM stat (11.4). “Majic” was locked on 5.1 (6+) in September and October. Having gained eight-tenths (each) in back-to-back sweeps (2.9 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” falters by that amount and is back to 3.7 (6+), dipping from ninth to tenth. “Que Buena” last reached the four-share level one year ago (4.0, October 2015). Declining by eight-tenths as well is iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KHFI “96.7 Kiss-FM” (5.4 – 4.6, seventh, 6+), which had been in 5.1 – 5.5 range (6+) the past six ratings periods. Ironically, the last time “Kiss-FM” fell below a four-share (6+) was one year ago – November 2015 – when it recorded a 4.6 as well. Off by one-half share – following a +.6 in October – Emmis regional Mexican KLZT “107.1 La Z” (6.1 – 5.6, 6+) shifts from third to fourth. It was three years ago when “La Z” last crossed the six-share level (6.1, 6+, October 2013). Up or flat the past four sweeps for a gain of four-tenths (.7 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KVET-AM “1300 The Zone – Austin’s Sports Talk” loses all of it plus one-tenth (.6, -.5, #24, 6+). After four straight gains, which netted a +1.5 (2.0 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+), the HD3 channel of Entercom-owned KKMJ slips by two-tenths to 3.3 (6+), falling from #12 to #13.

2) Milwaukee – Although out of double-digits (6+) for the fourth straight time, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRITWRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” rolls out a massive +1.2 to 9.6 (6+), halting four consecutive down or flat trends (10.4 – 10.4 – 9.3 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+) that yielded a cumulative loss of two full-shares since June. Robust recent fluctuations for “Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits,” which is #1 for the 19th successive time, include +1.7 (October 2015); -.7 (November 2015); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May); -1.1 (August); -.6 (September) and +1.2 (November). In a slightly less pronounced way, the three latest trends for Scripps’ WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” have been -.6 (September); -.5 (October; and now +.7 in November (2.8 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+). October’s 2.3 was the lowest 6+-share for WKTI since it transitioned from adult hits WLWK “The Lake” to country in late-May 2015. Prior to September’s -.6, “KTI Country” had been positive or flat the previous four sweeps (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+). Advancing from #15 to #13, “KTI Country” trails iHeartMedia’s WMIL “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” (5.6, fourth to seventh, 6+) by 2.6 shares. Following October’s one-half share gain, Scripps-owned talker WTMJ surrenders eight-tenths (6.3 – 6.8 – 6.0, 6+), tumbling from second to third. With a +.5 in August, WTMJ pulled the plug on three straight dips (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+). The Green Bay Packers flagship posts a 6+-share between 6.1 – 6.9 for the twelfth straight time. Without a decrease the past three ratings periods (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3” sputters by one-half share to 4.3 (6+) but remains at #11. Although steady at #14, WUWM dips by one-tenth to 2.9 (6+), curtailing five straight up or flat trends that netted +1.2 since May (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). In October, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee station crossed the three-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2014 when it hit 3.2.

3) Indianapolis – There is good news and not so good news this sweep for Indy outlets with the WTLC calls. On the positive side, Radio One gospel WTLC-AM “1310 The Light” dials up an impressive +1.3 to climb from #16 towtlc-am #14. “The Light” doubles October’s 1.3 (to 2.6, 6+) and nearly triples September’s .9 (6+). In fact, “The Light” is without a loss for the fifth straight time for a collective gain of two full-shares (6.- .7 – .7 – .9 – 1.3 – 2.6, 6+). The seesaw though continues for co-owned urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader,” which was -1.2 in September; +.6 in October; and now -.7 in November (7.7 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+). This is the lowest 6+-share for WTLC-FM (fourth to fifth) since April’s 6.2. Progressing from fifth to fourth, Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” boasts its fifth successive positive trend for a collective +1.2 (5.3 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+). Without an increase in four successive sweeps for a combined May through September -1.6 (6.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+), crosstown format rival – Emmis’ WLHK “97.1 Hank” – adds one-tenth to October’s +.5 (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), but actually backslides from a seventh-place tie to eighth. As a result of three straight June through September increases for a combined +1.2 (4.4 – 4.5 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOLT forfeited three-quarters of that gain in October (-.9). “Alt 103.3 Indy’s Alternative” roars back though with a +.8 (4.7 – 5.6, 6+), inching up from ninth to seventh. Notching its third consecutive gain for a combined +.7 (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” repeats at #1. It has a one-tenth advantage over Entercom CHR WZPL (7.3 – 7.7, +.4, 6+), which elevates from third to second.  Up or flat for a combined +1.5 in four straight sweeps (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 7.9, 6+), WZPL lost three-tenths in August, slipping to second from first (where it was in June and July). WZPL regained the top spot in September from WTLC-FM. Declining by one-half share each are its hot AC cluster-mate WNTR “107.9 The Mix” – Better Variety for a Better Workday” (4.7 – 4.2, 6+) and Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7” (7.0, second to third, 6+). This marks the 19th straight time that “The Mix” – transitioning from ninth to tenth – has registered a 6+-share between 4.0 – 4.9. “B-105.7” had been up in each of the three previous sweeps for a cumulative +1.1 (6.4 – 6.6 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). With a +.2 in August, “Soft Rock” ended three straight declines (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+).

4) Providence – Enjoying hearty improvements of eight-tenths each and remaining at #2 and #3, respectively, WPRO-FMare Cumulus Media mainstream CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music,” (9.0, 6+) and iHeartMedia rocker WHJY “94-HJY Providence’s Home of Rock and Roll” (8.8, 6+). Up six-tenths in September, “Today’s Hit Music” is rebounding from October’s -.9 (8.5 – 9.1 – 8.2 – 9.0, 6+). September’s 9.1 was the best 6+-stat for WPRO-FM since February (also 9.1), however, October’s 8.2 was its lowest 6+-showing since the “Holiday” 2015 report (7.4). Following three successive declines for a combined -.8 (9.2 – 8.9 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+), WHJY added one-tenth in September, but “Providence’s Home of Rock and Roll” faltered by one-half share in October (8.5 – 8.0, 6+). Having registered three straight progressive trends for a collective gain of one-half share (9.4 – 9.6 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” dips a cumulative four-tenths in October and November (9.9 – 9.8 – 9.5, 6+), but is #1 for the thirteenth successive ratings period. A +.2 in July put an end to three consecutive downward stats totaling -2.7 (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); June’s 9.4 was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite Rock” since November’s 8.7. Regressing by one-half share each are Hall Communications’ WCTK “98.1 Cat Country” (7.2 – 6.7, unchanged at #4, 6+) and Cumulus Media rhythmic CHR WWKX “Hot 106.3” (2.5, 6+), which hadn’t had a decrease in the last five ratings periods (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.0, 6+), but stays at #9. Two streaks conclude in the (noncommercial) spoken-word arena as Boston’s WGBH (steady at #10) is off by two-tenths to 2.0 (6+) and The Wheeler School’s WELH (#11 to #12) drops one-tenth to .7 (6+). WGBH put together four straight uptrends (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+) for a one-share gain, while WELH with up or flat the past seven survey periods (.3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8 – .8 – .8, 6+).

5) Raleigh – Not only does it dust itself off from October’s loss of nine-tenths by notching a gain of one-half share, Curtis Media Group CHR WDCG “G-105 The Hit Music Channel” leaps from fourth to first. The five most recent trends for “G-WDCG105” are +.6 (July); -.6 (August); +1.3 (September); -.9 (October) and +.5 in November (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 8.3 – 7.4 – 7.9, 6+). Prior to September, “G-105” last reached the eight-share level (6+) more than four years ago (8.4, July 2012). Locked on 7.7 (6+) in September and October, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC (7.8, +.1, 6+) is one-tenth behind “G-105” and repeats in the runner-up slot. Dislodged from #1 is Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy,” which completely surrenders the seven-tenths it gained in October (7.5 – 8.2 – 7.5, 6+) and moves to third. The market’s country contest finds Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “94.7 Today’s Best Country” (steady at #5) notching its fourth straight improvement (5.6 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.6 –  7.0, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 #1 for New Country” up one-tenth to 3.2 (flat at #14, 6+), halting four straight downward trends (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+). In the process of dropping one-half share, Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5” slips from third to fourth. Over the course of Raleigh’s October 2015 – November 2016 ratings reports, “Mix 101.5” has been in sole possession of first-place seven times and shared it three times. Recent sweeping monthly (6+) swings for “Mix” include +.5 November 2015; +.6 December 2015; +5.7 Holiday 2015; -7.2 January 2016; +.6 February; +.6 March; -.6 April; +.5 May; +.5 July; +.9 September; +1.0 October; and now -.5 in November. Off three-tenths to 4.9 (6+), Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1” has its string of consecutive progressive trends, which netted a +1.6, end at four (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+); October’s 5.2 was the best 6+-share for “Radio 96.1” since November 2015 (5.2 as well).

6) Norfolk – By posting a one-half share increase (2.9 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom hot AC WPTE “94.9 The Point” wptedisplays its best 6+-share since January’s 3.5 and carries on in seventh-place. Unchanged at #6, rhythmic CHR sibling WNVZ “Z-104” picks up one-tenth and has been up or flat since August (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2, 6+), although the net increase is just two-tenths. It is nevertheless in four-share range (6+) for the eleventh straight time. Urban AC cluster-mate – WVKL “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” (12.2 – 12.0, -.2, 6+) – is #1 for the 54th consecutive ratings period. The last time WVKL – which faltered by one-half share in October – was not in double-digits (6+) was when it registered a 9.8 in January 2014. Steady at #4, adult contemporary sibling WWDE “2WD” gained a collective one-half share in back-to-back (August – September – October) sweeps (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+) before slumping by eight-tenths to 4.5, its lowest 6+-share since June 2015’s 4.4. In the runner-up slot for the eleventh straight time, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “Jamz 103” picks up three-tenths (7.7 – 8.0, 6+). A gain of one-tenth (to 4.5, 6+) enables Saga Communications’ WAFX “106.9 The Fox” (fifth to fourth) to halt three successive declines which accounted for a -1.5 since July (5.9 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.4). After a +.6 in August and a -.7 in September, “Jamz 103” answered with a 1.1 in October (6.7 – 7.3 – 6.6 – 7.7, 6+). Back in June, WOWI was -1.3 to 6.3, the first time it had been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8). For the fourth straight sweep, Max Broadcast Group Norfolk stations are no longer Nielsen Audio subscribers. With data cited from the June 2016 ratings period, they are classic hits-oldies WVBW (#3, 6.0); country WGH-FM (5.0, #7); CHR WVHT (#9, 3.8); sports WVSP (#12, 2.3); and gospel WGH-AM (#15, 1.9).

7) Nashville – As WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYM “WAY-FM” improves by one-half share (1.3 – 1.8, unchanged at #17, 6+), cross-town Educational Media Foundation-owned, similarly-formatted WLVUWWTN “Positive & Encouraging K-LOVE” regresses by seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.2, flat at #15, 6+). This is the lowest 6+-share for “K-LOVE” since the “Holiday” 2015 report (2.1). In addition to “WAY-FM,” Cumulus Media‘s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” (5.4 – 5.9, eighth to fifth, 6+) and CHR WNFN “All the Hits 106.7” (3.7, #14 to #12, 6+) also notch gains of one-half share. Midwest Communications’ newly-acquired WNFN has registered a 3.2 in four of the last six sweeps. On top for the 57th consecutive ratings period, adult contemporary sibling WJXA “Mix 92.9” is tending 9.7 – 8.4 – 8.3 (6+), following September’s +1.3. A gain of two-tenths in August by “Mix” pulled the plug on seven straight downward trends (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3 – 8.2, 6+) that yielded a net loss since the “Holiday” 2015 report of -7.4. Its lead over runner-up WGFX “104.5 The Zone” increases to seven-tenths, as the Cumulus Media sports outlet/Tennessee Titans flagship loses two-tenths to 7.6 (6+), halting three consecutive improvements which resulted in a massive +4.1 (including October’s +2.4) since July (3.7 – 4.0 – 5.4 – 7.8, 6+). The 7.8 (6+) “The Zone” posted in October was its highest since December (also 7.8). Without an increase for the seventh straight sweep for a combined loss of more than two full-shares (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.3 – 4.9, 6+) iHeartMedia‘s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” nonetheless carries on at #9. The market’s country share tumbles by four-tenths. Specifically, Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “Nash Icon” is down four-tenths to 5.6, dropping from fifth to eighth (6+), while the three-tenths sibling WKDF “Nash 103.3” loses following October’s +.3 (3.3 – 3.6 – 3.3, #12 to #14, 6+) is erased by the +.3 from iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” (4.4 – 4.7, steady at #10, 6+). Back in June, “Nash Icon” registered its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9).

8) Greensboro – To say that WJMH “102 Jamz The Hip-Hop Station” is on a monster roll is the height of under-statement. Over and WJMHabove having its fifth straight increase, this one a whopping +1.8, the Entercom-owned rhythmic CHR is up by nearly four full-shares since June (8.6 – 9.8 – 10.0 – 10.1 – 10.6 – 12.4, 6+). For good measure, “102 Jamz” is #1 for the third successive sweep, with 12.4 the best-ever (6+) showing in its PPM-history. For the third consecutive ratings period, urban AC sibling WQMG is in the runner-up slot, but it erodes by six-tenths. Recent ratings history for “The Best R&B and Old School” includes three straight increases totaling +2.5; followed by three successive decreases yielding a -2.6; back-to-back gains of +1.1 in September and October (8.1 – 9.2 – 10.3, 6+); and November’s -.6 to 9.7 (6+). Whereas 10.7 (May) was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7), 8.1 (August) was its weakest since “Holiday” 2015 (7.7). Co-owned adult hits WSMW “Simon” is a collective +.8 in October and November, following September’s -1.8 (10.5 – 8.7 – 9.3 – 9.5, +.6, 6+). “Simon” remains at #3, giving Entercom a #1 – #2 – #3 (6+) finish for the eleventh successive sweep. In September, “Simon” departed the top spot it held in June, July, and August; it has achieved double-digits (6+) four times with July’s 10.9 its best-ever under PPM methodology. After three successive down-trending monthlies that produced a cumulative loss of more than two full-shares (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1” picks up three-tenths to 5.4 (sixth to fifth, 6+). It has a three-tenths advantage over Entercom’s similarly-programmed WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” (5.0 – 5.1, +.1, seventh to sixth, 6+). In September, “Q-104.1” held a 1.9-share lead over “The Wolf.” Prior to reaching 5.0 in October, “The Wolf” had been in 4.2 – 4.8 range (6+) the previous eight sweeps. On the heels of October’s +.5, iHeartMedia talker WPTI tacks on an additional six-tenths (3.9 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+) to move from eighth to seventh. Recent (6+) movement for adult contemporary cluster-mate WMAG (6.9 – 7.3, flat at #4, 6+) is -.9 (March); +.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.3 (June); -.7 (July); -.5 (August); +.7 (September); -.6 (October); and +.4 (November).

9) West Palm Beach – The nine-tenths iHeartMedia-owned adult contemporary WOLL dropped in October is recaptured in its entirety (5.7 – 4.8 – 5.7, 6+), with “Today’s Kool 105.5” returning to third from fourth. The fivewoll latest fluctuations for “Kool” have been by +1.5 (July); -1.0 (August); -.8 (September); -.9 (October); and +.9 (November). July’s 7.5 was its highest 6+-stat since 7.7 in April 2015. Three-tenths ahead of WOLL – and flat at #2 – is its adult contemporary rival, Alpha Media’s WEAT, but “Sunny 107.9,” is off for the third consecutive ratings period for a cumulative -1.9 (7.9 – 7.6 – 6.3 – 6.0, 6+). This is the softest 6+-showing for “Sunny” since December (6.0 as well). The ups and downs continue for iHeartMedia classic rocker WKGR “Gater 98.7,” which wiped out August’s -.7 with a +.7 in September; lost one-half share in October; and now picks up three-tenths in November (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.7, 6+) to shift back to fourth from sixth. Notwithstanding that it is #1 for the fourth straight time, Alpha Media hot AC WRMF (up a collective +1.9 in August and September to 9.1, 6+) follows October’s -.8 with a loss of another six-tenths (9.1 – 8.3 – 7.6, 6+). WRMF fell to second in July, after 23 successive sweeps at #1. In June, WRMF gained three-tenths to end four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+). September’s 9.1 was its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 9.3. In addition to WRMF, Alpha Media-operated talker WFTL (1.8 – 1.2, #12 to #16, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5” (5.2 – 4.6, third to seventh, 6+) are also off by six-tenths. The loss of six-tenths by “WiLD” pulls the plug on seven successive up or flat monthlies that netted +2.4 (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+). October’s 5.2 marked the first time “WiLD 95.5” reached the five-share level (6+) since the “Holiday” 2013 report (5.3).

10) Jacksonville – In the swing state of Florida – and on the heels of October’s gain of seven-tenths – Cox Media WOKVGroup talker WOKV flaunts a rousing +1.7 (6.5 – 7.2 – 8.9, 6+) to march from fourth to first. It is the most potent 6+-stat for WOKV in exactly four years (9.9, November 2012). Evicted from the top spot and trailing WOKV by two-tenths is Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety,” which sputters by one-half share (9.2 – 8.7, 6+). “Lite 96” rebounded from a -1.3 in August with a +.5 in September. Prior to August, “Lite” had been #1 the previous nine sweeps and in fact, before dropping to #2 in November 2015, it was on top the previous 17 sweeps. This is the weakest 6+-share for WEJZ in precisely two years (7.5, November 2014). Simultaneous with the -.5 by “Lite,” AC rival – Cox Media Group’s WEZI – improves by that margin to 3.6, its best 6+-stat since September 2015’s 4.2. Even so, “Easy 106.5” actually backslides from #12 to #13. Powered by a hefty +.8 to 3.8 (6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “107.3 Jack-FM” enters the top ten (#11 to #10), applying the brakes to four straight negative trends that produced a collective loss of -2.7 and nearly 50% of its 6+-share (5.7 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+). Steady at #15, Brunswick, Georgia-licensed independent contemporary Christian WMUV “The Promise” registers a one-half share gain to 1.3 to curtail three successive downward trends (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8, 6+). Three consecutive improvements (May – June – July) gave Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE “99 Gator Country” a combined +1.2 (4.9 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+). It, however, surrendered virtually all that gain in August (-1.1, 6+) only to post three straight gains in September, October, and November for a combined +1.7; “99 Gator Country” (5.2 – 5.3, 6+) is unchanged at #7. Meanwhile, prior to November’s +.1 to 6.8 (6+), format foe – iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” (sixth to fifth) – was down two full-shares as a result of not having an increase since February (8.7 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 7.3 – 6.7, 6+). Relinquishing more than twice the one-half share it secured in October after bouncing back from a -.7 in September (8.6 – 9.1 – 7.9, -1.2, 6+), Cox Media Group CHR WAPE slides from second to fourth. “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” had a one-month stay at #1 in August and is back to the 7.9 (6+) it had in June. This marks the sixth straight sweep that iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WSOL “V-101.5 Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B” (eighth to ninth) is either down or flat (6.3 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.4, ninth, 6+) for a cumulative loss of almost two full-shares. In contrast, urban contemporary sibling WJBT “93.3 The Beat” (fifth to sixth) drops six-tenths to 6.4 (6+), thus ending five consecutive improvements for a combined +1.8 (5.2 – 5.5 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 7.0, 6+). October’s 7.0 by “The Beat” was its strongest 6+-stat in three years (also 7.0 in October 2013). Down two-tenths to .6 (6+), co-owned WFXJ “Sports Radio 930” (#15 to #16) has its consecutive streak of positive trends end at three (.1 – .2 -.3 – .8, 6+).

11) Memphis – While unchanged at #4, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” records its fifth successive improvement for a net gain of +1.6 (5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+) and has its finest 6+-showing inwmc-fm logo nearly three years (6.9, December 2013). Trotting out meaty increases of eight-tenths each are Cumulus Media cluster-mates WRBO “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” (9.1, 6+, #2 for the sixth straight survey period) and WGKX “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” (5.1, 6+, fourth successive time at #9). Back-to-back modest declines by WRBO in August and September produced a combined loss of six-tenths (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.8, 6+), but “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” wiped out virtually all of it with October’s one-half share gain. A +.3 in October curtailed three successive negative trends that produced a -.7 for “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+). Rock sibling WXMX “98.1 The Max” (steady at #8) hasn’t had a decrease in the last seven ratings periods, netting +2.4 since April (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). Advancing from #12 to #11, Entercom’s WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” is up or flat for the fourth straight time (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+). While #1 for the ninth consecutive monthly, iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” is -2.6 in six successive monthly reports without an increase (12.5 – 11.6 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 10.2 – 9.9 – 9.9, 6+). October and November (9.9, 6+) mark the first time since February (8.3) that “V-101” is not in double-digits (6+). Flat at #7, co-owned gospel WHAL “Halleluiah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” is down by one-half share to 5.3, its lowest 6+-performance since June’s 5.1. Flat at #10, talk sibling WREC drops one-tenth to 3.5 (6+), ending its consecutive progressive trends, which netted a +.9, at four (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6, 6+).

12) Hartford – A one-half share improvement not only helps to enable CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH WRCHto repeat at #1 “Lite 100.5” is back in double-digits (6+) for the first time since August (9.6 – 10.1, 6+). “Lite” had been in double-digits (6+) for 13 straight ratings periods before posting a 9.3 in September and a 9.6 in October; 9.3 was its lowest 6+-showing since August 2015, when it recorded an 8.7. Entering the September sweep, “Lite” was on top for 15 straight sweeps and 23 of the previous 24 but it declined by -1.1 and dropped to second-place. Even though co-owned WTIC-AM forfeits all of the six-tenths it secured in October – plus two-tenths more – to 8.1 (-.8, 6+), the talk facility actually moves up from third to second. Nonetheless, the decrease stymies WTIC-AM’s successive string of gains – which netted a +1.9 – at three (7.0 – 8.0 – 8.3 – 8.9, 6+); WTIC-AM’s 8.9 in October matched what it registered in June. Progressing from eighth to seventh, Connecticut Public Broadcasting‘s WNPR boasts its fifth straight gain (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 5.0 – 5.4, 6+) for an overall +2.3. Four-tenths behind “Lite” in October, iHeartMedia-owned WWYZ “Country 92-5” follows up October’s one-half share decrease by plummeting nearing three times as much (-1.4, 6+), sliding from second to third. It results in being the third straight regression for “Country 92-5” (10.1 – 9.7 – 9.2 – 7.8, 6+) producing a collective -2.3 and the station’s lowest 6+-share since March (7.2). WWYZ actually took over the top spot from WRCH in September with a decrease of four-tenths, which halted five straight positive or flat monthlies (7.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.1, 6+). “Country 92-5” was up nearly three full-shares since March and had been in the runner-up slot the previous three sweeps. Without an increase for the fifth successive time (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+), mainstream CHR cluster-mate WKSS “Kiss 95.7 – All the Hits” slips from seventh to eighth and is a collective -1.5 since June. This also marks the fifth consecutive time that Connoisseur Media’s WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale – Hartford’s Classic Rock” (flat at #9) hasn’t posted an improvement (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+).

CMG’s Bill Hoffman to Receive BFoA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  The third Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Broadcasters Foundation of America will go to Cox Media Group president Bill Hoffman.  He will be honored during the Golden Mike Award dinner on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  The gala is a major fundraiser for the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America to help broadcasters in need.  Hoffman states, “I am honored to be recognized by the Broadcasters Foundation ofhoffmanbill America.  I have always been proud of our industry for the generous donations from individual broadcasters, stations, and groups across the country.  It is only with that kind of support that the Broadcasters Foundation can continue to help those in our business who need it most.”  BFoA chairman Dan Mason comments, “Bill is a respected leader in broadcasting, and we are proud to recognize his accomplishments at Cox and his contributions to our industry.  As a member of our Board for several years, Bill has helped us advance our mission of helping every broadcaster who qualifies for help.”  The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy.  Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund.  Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society.  For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email info@thebfoa.org.

Monday, November 28, 2016

| November 28, 2016

Vic Jagger Named Midday Host at Radio One’s WMMJ, Washington.  Urban contemporary WMMJ, Washington “Majic 102.3 FM” names Victoria “Vic Jagger” Davis as the new midday personality.  Jagger began her radio career as an assistant producer with the Russ Parr morning show in 2003.  In 2008, she wasjaggervic promoted to full-time on-air personality on the show and was responsible for creating popular character voices and parodies for the show.  She was also named program director and music director for Parr’s weekend countdown show, “On the Air.”  Speaking about her new gig, she says, “I am beyond excited to join the ‘Majic 102.3’ team as the midday personality in the city where I was born and raised.  I just want to thank Kashon Powell, Jeff Wilson, and Jay Stevens for this amazing opportunity.  I am so ready to get the DMV through their workday!”

Cumulus Appoints Dayton Kane PD for Green Bay Signals.  Programming pro Dayton Kane is the new program director for Cumulus Media’s classic hits WOGB and triple A/alternative WKRU.  This is a return to kanedaytonNortheastern Wisconsin for Kane, who served Woodward Communications as PD and AM drive host for CHR WKSZ and adult hits WKZG.  Most recently, he was program director for E.W. Scripps’ country WKTI, Milwaukee.  Cumulus Green Bay VP/market manager Mike Thompson states, “We’re very fortunate to add a broadcasting talent such as Dayton to the Cumulus Green Bay team.  With his in-market experience, he’ll be able to take WOGB and WKRU to new heights while reinvigorating both stations with fresh ideas and energy.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Savannah, Georgia cluster of iHeartMedia, Bob Neumann is named SVP of programming.  Neumann comes to the company from his most recent gig as PD of CBS RADIO’s hot AC KHMX, Houston…..Air personality Monica Black takes on the morning show duties at country WPHR, Fort Pierce, Florida after a five-year stint on the air at West Virginia Radio’s country WKWS, Charleston, West Virginia.

nielsen-logoRound Three of November PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s November 2016 PPM survey has been released for the third of four rounds of 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen’s November 2016 survey period covered October 6 – November 2.  View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Portland – Over and above gaining eight-tenths to register its strongest 6+-stat since March when it hit 8.0, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB (6.9 – 7.7, 6+) catches iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” (7.8 – 7.7, -.1, 6+) at #1. While KOPB is often found in the runner-up slot, this is its first time at #1 since April 2013. Ironically, it was an October decline of eight-tenths by “K-103” that ended three consecutive progressive trendsKOPB netting a +1.5 (7.1 – 7.6 – 8.3 – 8.6, 6+). Whether tied or solo, “K-103” is #1 for the 29th time in the last 31 ratings periods. A one-tenth gain in May ended four straight sweeps without an increase (21.4 – 9.5 – 8.8 – 8.6 – 8.6, 6+). Back in June 2016, “K-103” suffered a massive -1.6 to 7.1, its lowest 6+-share since June 2014 (6.6). In addition to KOPB, public KQAC “All Classical Portland” also notches a gain of eight-tenths and has its fourth straight up-trend (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 4.1, 6+). Moreover, this is the first time “All Classical Portland” crosses the four-share threshold (6+) in exactly six years (4.1, 6+, November 2010). The market’s (6+) country share dwindles by one-half share. Specifically, Alpha Media‘s KUPL “98.7 The Bull” is off two-tenths (5.1 – 4.9, 6+) but stays at #6, while Entercom’s KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf” (seventh to eighth) is down for the fourth straight sweep (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+), losing two full-shares since July. Not quite four months ago (8/1), Alpha Media transitioned classic hits-oldies KWLZ to rhythmic CHR as KWEE “WE-96.3,” creating a format battle with iHeartMedia’s KXJM “JAM’N 107.5.” The November contest goes to “WE-96.3,” which advances from #21 to a four-way logjam at #17 (1.8 – 2.1, +.3, 6+), while KXJM declines by six-tenths and departs the top ten (#16 to #21). This is the fourth straight decline for “JAM’N” for a nearly 50% drop in the 6+-share -1.7 (3.6 – 3.5 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 1.9, 6+). Public jazz outlet KMHD is up or flat for the fourth successive sweep (1.2 – 1.4 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+) and achieves its best 6+-share in more than six years (2.2, June 2010). It progresses from #19 to that four-way tie at #17. After six straight sweeps without a decrease for a combined +1.4 since April (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything” drops two-tenths to 5.1 (6+) and slips from a third-place tie to fourth. Down or flat since June, classic rock sibling KGON (#12 to #13) is at 3.8 for the fourth straight time (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+).

2) Charlotte – Two stations in this North Carolina market with remarkably similar call letters but unshared ownership enjoy healthy October 2016 – November 2016 increases. By posting a +.3 in September, WKQC “K-104.7” ended three consecutive downward trends that yielded a -1.3 (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4 – WKQC3.8, 6+). The Beasley Media Group adult contemporary quickly regressed by six-tenths in October but rebounds nicely with a +.8 (3.5 – 4.3, 6+) and is back in the top ten (#13 to #9). Just ahead of WKQC (ninth to eighth) is iHeartMedia CHR WHQC “Channel 96.1,” which gains one-half share to 4.5, its finest 6+-showing since July 2015 (4.8). It was tied in October with format rival, Beasley Media Group’s WNKS “95.1 Kiss FM,” which despite adding one-tenth (4.0 – 4.1, 6+), backslides from that ninth-place tie to tenth. After being on top the past six sweeps, iHeartMedia classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” sputters by six-tenths (7.9 – 7.3, 6+). It falls to the runner-up slot, where it trades places with Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” (7.3 – 7.6, +.3, 6+). The two facilities shared top honors in July and August. “Country’s Greatest Hits” occupied the #1 spot the first four months of the year before dropping to third-place in May. After an eight-tenths increase in October, iHeartMedia’s WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” picks up one-tenth to 5.5 (fifth to fourth, 6+). Bouncing back from September’s -1.4 to 4.6 – its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2013 (4.3, 6+) – “The Kat” had been down or flat the previous four sweeps (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 4.6, 6+) for a combined -2.4. Entering the September ratings period, Beasley Media Group’s WBAV “V-101.9” was in 5.1 – 5.9 (6+) territory 13 straight times before notching a +.9 to 6.8 (6+). The urban AC declined by one-half share in October and it now falters by an additional nine-tenths (6.3 – 5.2, 6+) to skid from third to fifth. This is the lowest 6+-share for “V-101.9” since April (5.1). In the spoken word arena, talk WBT (3.6, #8 to #12, 6+) and sports WFNZ (1.3, #17 to #18, 6+) each decrease by one-half share. After back-to-back 3.1 showings (6+) in July and August, the newly-acquired Entercom property dropped to 2.7 (6+) in September; however, WBT was a robust +1.4 in October to 4.1, the first time the Carolina Panthers’ flagship reached the four-share level (6+) since January 2014 (4.2). In 3.1 – 3.7 range (6+) the past six ratings periods, Radio One gospel WPZS “Praise 100.9 Charlotte’s Inspiration Station” drops six-tenths to 2.9 (#13 to #15, 6+).

3) Pittsburgh – A trio of outlets here improve by one-half share each, including Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “Bob-FM” (7.2 – 7.7, fourth to third, 6+), as well as CBS Radio siblings WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s Country” (5.6 – 6.1, seventh to sixth, 6+) and talk KDKA-AM (eighth to seventh, 6+). Up a combined seven-tenths since July (7.0 – 7.3 – 7.7, 6+), “Bob” surrendered five-tenths in October. “Y-108” had been off the past three sweeps forWRRK a cumulative -1.4 (7.0 – 6.6 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+). Owing to a -.4 in August, WDSY had its string of successive gains – which netted two full-shares – halted at three (5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+). In three consecutive increases, KDKA-AM is a combined +1.1 (4.3 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since April’s 6.0. Following October’s one-half share gain to 10.4 – its strongest 6+-stat since November’s 10.9 – iHeartMedia rocker WDVE (10.4 – 10.0, -.4, 6+) repeats at #1. Owing to a loss of two-tenths in September, WDVE halted its string of positive or flat trends at five (8.7 – 8.8 – 8.8 – 9.2 – 9.8 – 10.3, 6+). This is the fifth straight time iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “The X at 105.9” (3.3 – 3.6, +.3, 6+) holds down the #11 slot. In 2.1 – 2.9 range for the 15th straight time, Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ “Q-92.9” picks up two-tenths to 2.8 (6+) and remains at #12. Having already declined in October by a hefty -1.1, CBS Radio’s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan,” which logged a +.6 in September, plummets by -1.8 in November (7.6 – 6.5 – 4.7, 6+). The Pittsburgh Pirates flagship slides from sixth to eighth. While September’s 7.6 was its strongest 6+-showing since October 2015’s 10.1, 4.7 is its softest since March 2015 (4.1). Also experiencing significant back-to-back declines (but remaining in the runner-up slot) is iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS,” which eroded by -1.1 in October and now drops an additional one-half share (10.6 – 9.5 – 9.0, 6+). This represents the lowest 6+-share for “3WS” since January’s 7.9. WWSW was ousted from the top spot in August after six consecutive months there and made a return appearance at #1 in September. It somehow seems appropriate that CBS Radio hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7 Plays the Hits” has its string of three straight gains of one-tenth each (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+) end with a loss of … one-tenth (4.5, flat at #9, 6+).

4) Sacramento – Much of the considerable significant October 2016 – November 2016 (6+) movement that occurs in California’s capital city is found in the top six rankers. Down a combined -2.2 in September and October, CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” answers in November with a kymx logosolid +1.2 (7.6 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 6.6, 6+) and continues in third-place for the fourth successive sweep. Prior to September, “Mix” had been up or flat the previous four monthlies (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.1 – 7.6 – 7.6, 6+). Locked on 4.7 (6+) in August and September, Entercom’s KRXQ “98 Rock” added one-tenth in October but it now explodes with a full-share increase in November (4.8 – 5.8, 6+), inching up from fifth to fourth. “Rock 98” has its best 6+-performance since July 2014 (also 5.8). Posting gains of one-half share each are CBS Radio’s KNCI “New Country 105.1” (5.1 – 5.6, fourth to fifth, 6+); Capital Public Radio-owned KXJZ (4.8, seventh to sixth, 6+); and Lazer Broadcasting’s KGRB “Radio Lazer 94-3” (1.1 – 1.6, #23 to #20, 6+). In October, “New Country” forfeited seven-tenths of September’s +1.1 (4.7 – 5.8 – 5.1, 6+). At the same time, iHeartMedia’s KBEB “B-92.5 – #1 For New Country” sputters by one full-share (3.8 – 2.8, 6+) and slides from #10 to #12; October’s 3.8 was its best 6+-stat since June 2015 (3.9). The market’s other country player – Entravision Communications’ KNTY “101.9 The Wolf” – is flat at 2.3 (#16 to #17). Amazingly, in the last 11 sweeps (January 2016 through November 2016), the 6+-line for “The Wolf” has not varied from a high of 2.3 to a low of 2.1 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+). Given that KXJZ was stuck on 3.9 (6+) in July and August and then on 4.3 (6+) in September and October, this marks its fourth straight sweep without a decrease. In October, “Radio Lazer 94-3” relinquished all but one-tenth of September’s +.7. It had a (6+) May through August ping-pong pattern of .9, 1.0, .9, 1.0. Gaining six-tenths (.8 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom’s KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” checks in at #21, tying CBS Radio’s similarly programmed KHTK “Sports 1140” (1.7 – 1.4, -.3, 6+). Notwithstanding it is down by eight-tenths to 8.8 – its lowest 6+-share in exactly one year (8.8 as well in November 2015) – Entercom classic rock KSEG “The Eagle” remains on top for the tenth straight ratings period. After consecutive downtrends (in May and June) that produced a -1.2 (10.6 – 9.8 – 9.4, -.4, 6+), KSEG posted a +.9 in July. When “The Eagle” faltered by eight-tenths in May, it witnessed an end to three consecutive increases (8.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.6, 6+) that netted a combined +1.7. While it remains in the runner-up slot for the fourth consecutive sweep, iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid KFBK continues its wild ride that has seen it go +.8 (August); -1.4 (September); +1.2 (October) and now .7 in November (7.3 – 8.1 – 6.7 – 7.9 – 7.2, 6+). The two-tenths KFBK picked up in July ended three straight downward trends (9.1 – 7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+) for a net loss of two full-shares. In addition to KFBK, CBS Radio hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5” is also off by seven-tenths (4.3 – 3.6, seventh to ninth, 6+). “Now” had not been below a four-share (6+) since the “Holiday” 2014 report (3.9).

5) San Antonio – Not only does KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” erase 90% of October’s one-share loss with a +.9 (8.3 – 7.3 – 8.2, 6+), the Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet returns to #1. It departed the top spot in October after nine straight sweeps there. Before dropping from #1 to #2 in the “Holiday” 2015 report, KONO-FM was #1 in 17 of the previous 22 monthlies; 7.1 was the lowest 6+-share for “San Antonio’skono logo Greatest Hits” since July 2015 (7.1). Evicted from the penthouse is co-owned KCYY “Y-100 – San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (7.5 – 7.1, -.4, 6), which netted +1.5 in three straight positive trends (6.0 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 7.5, 6+). In October, cross-town rival – iHeartMedia’s KAJA – coughed up the six-tenths it garnered in September, but “KJ-97” posts a +.1 in November (5.6, 6+) to inch up from fifth to fourth; September’s 6.1 was the highest 6+-stat for KAJA since last November (also 6.1). Within 1.8 – 2.3 range (6+) the past 18 sweeps, Univision Radio’s KMYO “YO! 95.1 Classic Jams” busts out a +.8 (2.0 – 2.8, 6+) to advance from #18 to #15. Displaying identical 4.0 – 4. 5 (tenth to seventh, 6+) profiles are KMYO rhythmic CHR sibling KBBT “98.5 The Beat” and Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM – Playing What We Want.” The one-half share gain by “The Beat” snaps four straight ratings periods without an increase that yielded a -1.4 (5.4 – 5.3 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+). Meanwhile, “Jack” is coming off back-to-back decreases (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.0, 6+) that produced a -1.1. In addition to “The Beat” and “Jack,” iHeartMedia talker WOAI also notches a one-half share increase (4.3 – 4.8, 6+) to climb from ninth to seventh. Unchanged at #3, Cox Media Group’s KISS “Rocks San Antonio” drops one-tenth to 5.7 (6+), curtailing three consecutive up-trends (4.9 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 5.8, 6+) that netted nine-tenths. October’s 5.8 (6+) matched what KISS recorded in the “Holiday” 2015 report. Owing to a decline of six-tenths to 5.2 (6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM “Que Buena 92.9” (third to fifth) has its string of up or flat trends end at five (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+). Surrendering in its entirety the one-half share gained in October is KZAR “Air 1 Positive Hits” (1.3 – 1.8 – 1.3, #20 to #21, 6+); 1.8 (October 2016) was KZAR’s best 6+-stat since February 2012 when it reached 1.9. Others off by one-half share in November are iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9 San Antonio’s Best Variety” (steady at #6, 6+) and Alpha Media regional Mexican KSAH-FM “Norteno 104.1” (3.4 – 2.9, #13 to #14, 6+). This is the fourth straight sweep without an increase for “Q-101.9” (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 4.8, 6+) for a full-share loss; “Norteno 104.1” posted an impressive +1.2 in October.

6) Cincinnati – Off in back-to-back ratings periods by just over one full-share (6.7 – 5.8 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WKRC rebounds with a gain of six-tenths to 6.2 (6+) and carries on in fifth-place. Elsewhere in the spoken-word genre, a gain of four-tenths to 8.3 (6+) by co-owned, similarly-wrewformatted WLW applies the brakes to six successive sweeps without an increase that resulted in the loss of nearly four full-shares (11.7 – 11.0 – 10.8 – 9.2 – 9.2 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+); WLW moves from third to second. In addition, Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU posts its fifth straight up or flat trend (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+) for a cumulative +1.1. Although WVXU remains at #11, it has its best 6+-share since February 2014 (also 4.1). Locked on 9.8 (6+) in September and October, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR drops two-tenths to 9.6 (6+) but “103.5 WGRR” is in first-place for the third straight month. Prior to September’s gain, it posted three successive negative trends resulting in a cumulative -1.7 (10.3 – 9.8 – 9.3 – 8.6, 6+). As the result of a +.2 to 4.5 (6+), Hubbard Broadcasting rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” progresses from tenth to eighth and ends four straight decreases (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+). Sputtering by six-tenths (8.5 – 7.9, 6+), country cluster-mate WUBE “B-105” segues from second to third. Unchanged at #15, format challenger – Cumulus Media’s WNNF “94.1 Nash FM” – declines for the fourth straight time (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 2.1, 6+) and is -1.3 in that stretch. Going back to July, the 6+ trend for Cumulus Media classic rock WOFX is 5.0 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 4.6. The redundant pattern breaks though as “The Fox” falters by one-half share to 4.1 and departs the top ten (#8 to #11). Anchored at #9, iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107” is off for the fourth successive time for a combined -1.6 (5.9 – 5.4 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+).

7) Cleveland – Despite the fact that the Cleveland Indians couldn’t accomplish their goal of winning their first World Series title since 1948, the team’s flagship – WTAM – boasts the largest (6+) October 2016 – November 2016 increase of any station in the 36 PPM-markets whose data has thus far been released. Above and beyond its eye-popping +2.7, the iHeartMedia talker rockets from seventh to first and has its most potent 6+-share (9.1)wtamlogo since May 2012 when it reached 9.8. Incidentally, the second-largest (6+) October 2016 – November 2016 gain we’ve seen to this point (+1.9) is by CBS Radio’s WSCR “The Score,” the key station of the Chicago Cubs, the winner of the 2016 World Series. Among those impacted by WTAM’s success is classic hits-oldies sibling WMJI, which departs the top spot after ten successive sweeps there. Off by nearly three full-shares in three straight downward trends (11.5 – 10.8 – 9.6 – 8.6, 6+), “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” slips to #2. September’s -.7 ended five straight gains for a cumulative +1.2 (10.3 – 10.7 – 10.9 – 11.3 – 11.4 – 11.5, 6+) and marked the first time in the previous 17 ratings periods that WMJI was not in double-digits (6+). Co-owned WMMS adds seven-tenths to the +.8 it posted in October (when it finished eighth) and is without a decrease for the fifth consecutive ratings period (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.8 – 6.5, 6+) for a cumulative +2.3. The rocker last crossed the (6+) six-share threshold in August 2014 with a 6.1. It is tied at #5 with adult hits cluster-mate WHLK “The Lake,” which slips from #3 and records its third successive negative move (8.9 – 8.4 – 7.7 – 6.5, 6+) accounting for a -2.4. This is the weakest 6+-performance for “The Lake” since June 2012 (6.1). Mainstream CHR sibling WAKS “96.5 Kiss-FM” falters by seven-tenths (5.7 – 5.0, 6+) and drops out of the top ten (#9 to #11). Over in the CBS Radio cluster, adult contemporary WDOK “Star 102” has its third consecutive fluctuation of one-half share. Steady at #4, “Star 102” was off by that margin in September and October, but adds one-half share in November (7.8 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 7.3, 6+). Sibling WNCX “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock,” however, regresses by seven-tenths to 6.0, drifting from fifth to eighth. Stymied at #12 since February, co-owned Cleveland Browns flagship, WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan,” gains three-tenths (4.5 – 4.8, 6+).

8) Salt Lake City – The top three stations are separated by two-tenths of a share. Frozen on 2.7 (6+) in September and October, University of Utah-owned KUER improves by six-tenths to 3.3, inching up from #13 to #11. Conversely, Bonneville talker KSL forfeits nearly one-half of October’s KSFI Logomammoth +2.0 (8.1 – 7.2, -.9, 6+) to segue from first to second. The 8.1 it notched this time last month was the strongest 6+-figure for KSL in two years (9.1, October 2014). Trending 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.9 (6+), iHeartMedia talker KNRS advances from eighth to sixth. Taking over from KSL at #1 is co-owned adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3 – Better Music Better Work Day,” which has not had a decrease since April. In that stretch of seven successive sweeps, “FM 100.3” has netted exactly two full-shares (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 7.3, 6+) and has its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2015, when it scored a 15.6. For the fourth time in the last six ratings periods, fellow adult contemporary, Cumulus Media-owned KBEE (#13 to #14), registers a 2.7 (6). Progressing from ninth to seventh with a +.3 to 4.8 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” halts four consecutive declines (6.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+) for a cumulative loss of -2.1. Exactly two shares ahead of it and steady at #4 is Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KRSP “103.5 The Arrow,” up for the third straight time (5.5 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+). Albeit that it is regresses for the third consecutive month (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+), Cumulus Media’s country KUBL “K-Bull 93″ (seventh to eighth) overtakes format foe KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country,” which sputters by six-tenths (4.9 – 4.3, sixth to ninth, 6+). Unchanged at #10, Broadway Media-owned mainstream CHR KUDD “Mix 105.1 All The Hits” is down for the fourth consecutive time (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+) for a combined -1.5. It is the weakest 6+-share for “Mix” since March (3.2). Format rival – KZHT “97.1 Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” (6.2 – 6.4, +.2) – is in six-share range (6+) for the sixth straight sweep and continues at #5. Remaining flat at 3.1 and 2.1 (6+), respectively, and each dropping by one ranker are the market’s two alternative outlets – Broadway Media’s KXRK “X-96” (#11 to #12) and Cumulus Media’s KHTB “Alt 101.9” (#17 to #18).

9) Las Vegas – Four successive negative trends entering the November ratings period by Beasley Media Group urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS have produced a combined -1.5 (5.0 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+). Not only does “Old School 105.7” gain nearly all of it back with a +1.3 to 4.8 (6+), it zooms from #11 all the way to #4. Conversely, a move of 1.3 is bad news for Lotus Communications’ KXPT “97.1 The Point – #1 for Classic Rock,” whichKOAS falters by that amount (5.9 – 4.6, -1.3, 6+) to slide from third to sixth. It is the lowest 6+-stat for “The Point” since January’s 4.4. Co-owned Spanish adult hits KWID “La Buena 101.9” rebounds from October’s -.6 with an increase of one full-share (3.7 – 4.7, 6+) to progress from ninth to fifth. Cluster-mate KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” dials up a robust gain of eight-tenths (3.2 – 4.0, 6+) to move from #12 to #10. In addition to matching an increase of that maginitude (to 7.2, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s KKLZ returns to the lead from the runner-up slot. Prior to November’s +.8, the classic hits-oldies outlet was off by a combined full-share in consecutive sweeps (7.4 – 6.7 – 6.4, 6+). Flat at 7.0 (6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5” trades places with KKLZ. Following three straight downward trends netting a combined -2.4 (8.1 – 7.4 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+), “Sunny” was +.7 in September and then +.6 in October, climbing to first – where it had been for 22 straight monthlies before July. Prior to advancing to #1 in July – and remaining there in August and September – KKLZ was in the runner-up slot for six straight months; 7.4 in August was its best 6+-showing in more than four years (7.5, July 2012). Down a cumulative two shares in August and September (5.6 – 4.3 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country” regained 45% of it in October with a +.9 and tacks on additional one-half share in November (4.5 – 5.0, 6+), inching up from a three-way tie at #4 to #3. Before the August sweep, KWNR had three successive progressive trends netting a +2.2 (3.4 – 3.9 – 5.2 – 5.6, 6+). Meanwhile, dropping from #15 to #13, format rival – Beasley Media Group’s KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” – regresses by six-tenths to 2.5, its lowest 6+-share since the “Holiday” 2015 report (1.8). Also declining by six-tenths (to 1.5, #20 to #22, 6+) is Entravision regional Mexican KQRT “La Tricolor 105.1,” which had been in two-share territory the past 14 sweeps. Off a collective nine-tenths in July and August, Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS regained all of it in September, only to plummet -1.8 in October. “Radio For Life” now sputters by another one-half share (5.4 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 5.4 – 3.6 – 3.1, 6+) to exit the top ten (#10 to #12). This represents the lowest 6+-share for KSOS since February’s 2.9. Down by one-half share as well is Beasley Media Group hot AC KVGS “Star 107.9” (#15 to #19, 6+), which had been up or flat the past three months (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+).

10) Kansas City – It’s one thing to post back-to-back gains of a few-tenths and quite another to accomplish what Entercom alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” just did which is to replicate October’s +1.1 (5.0 – 6.1 – 7.2, 6+). September’s then fifth-ranked “Buzz” was more than two shares away from krbzbeing #1, but – while steady from October at #3 – it now trails Cumulus Media-owned classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” (7.8, 6+) by just six-tenths. “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” remains at the top after supplanting its classic rock sibling KCFX “The Fox” in October. Before dropping three-tenths in November, KCMO-FM registered four straight progressive trends (5.3 – 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 8.1, 6+) for a combined +1.8. Continuing in the runner-up slot, “The Fox” – #1 May through September – has its third straight up-trend (7.2 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 7.7, 6+). By dropping two-tenths in August, it closed four successive up or flat monthlies yielding a +1.5 (5.9 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). An improvement of eight-tenths propels University of Missouri-owned KCUR (#14 to #11) to 4.0, its best 6+-share since February (also 4.0). Unchanged at #8, Steel City Media CHR KMXV picks up one-tenth to 4.4 (6+), halting its string of five consecutive sweeps without an increase (5.5 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+); “Mix 93.3” was a collective -1.2 (6+) since May. In the market’s country tussle, co-owned KFKF has its fourth straight sweep without a loss (3.8 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+) as “Country 94.1” climbs from seventh to sixth. After being tied at #12 in October, co-owned KBEQ “Q-104 #1 for New Country” and Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” are now deadlocked at #13 (3.6 – 3.5, -.1, 6+). This is the fourth consecutive loss for “The Wolf” (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+); “Q-104” was off by seven-tenths in October. Boasting a 10.6 (6+) this time last year (November 2015), Entercom’s KCSP – the flagship of the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals – occupied the #1 spot. To say the least, things though have been quite bumpy this calendar year for “610 Sports,” which was -.6 (July); -.6 (August); -1.3 (October); and now a whopping -1.8. From November 2015 to November 2016, KCSP not only slumps from #1 to #20, its 6+ AQH plummets nearly 90% from 10.6 to 1.2. At the same time, cross-town Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” posts its fifth consecutive gain netting +1.1 (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+) and progresses from #17 to #15. Without an increase for the fourth straight time for a cumulative -1.5 (4.1 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 2.6, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KCHZ “95.7 The Vibe – All The Hits” slips from #15 to #16.

11) Orlando – Having advanced back to first from second in October, iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM remains there by applying a November +1.1 exclamation point to 10.7, eclipsing the 10.6 “Rumba 100.3” notched in June. Third-ranked for the sixth straight ratings period, adult contemporary cluster-mate WMGF “Magic 107.7” rebounds from October’s one-half share loss with a gain of nearly twice that (8.0 – 7.5 – 8.4, 6+). Over the course ofWRUM the past 15 sweeps, “Magic 107.7” shifts by +.5 (October 2015); -1.0 (November 2015); +1.6 (December 2015); +5.2 (“Holiday” 2015); -4.7 (January); -1.2 (February); +1.3 (March); +.7 (April); +.6 (May); -.8 (June); -1.1 (July); -.4 (August); +.7 (September); -.5 (October) and +.9 (November). “Magic” has its best 6+-share since June’s 8.8. Regressing by one-half share each are CHR cluster-mate WXXL “XL-106.7” (unchanged at #2, 6+); CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL “105.9 Sunny FM” (6.2, fourth to fifth, 6+); and Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” (6.2 – 5.7, steady at #6, 6+). On the strength of +1.5 to 10.4, its best-ever (6+) performance in the PPM-era, “XL-106.7” had a one-month stay at #1 (September) but is a combined -1.6 in October and November (10.4 – 9.3 – 8.8, 6+). Without a loss in the previous four sweeps, “Sunny” netted a +1.3 (5.4 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 6.7 – 6.7, 6+). Although off by one-tenth and remaining at #14 (2.5 – 2.4, 6+), public WMFE is in 2.0 – 2.9 range for the 26th straight time.

12) Columbus – It has been quite a positive roll lately for Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic 95.5 Columbus’ Best R&B,” which, in addition to flaunting a +1.2, posts its seventh straight sweep without a loss. Dating back to April, “Magic 95.5” has more than tripled its 6+-share (1.2 – 1.6 – 1.8 – WXMG2.1 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 4.0, 6+) and cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). In a similar vein, Radiohio‘s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” boasts its fifth straight gain (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 5.1 – 6.9 – 7.7, 6+), more than doubling its 6+-stat since June (+4.1 in that timeframe) and continues in third-place. The last time “The Fan” crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) was February 2015 when it reached 7.2. Gaining eight-tenths as well and inching up from sixth to fifth is Saga Communications’ WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-FM 96” (5.5 – 6.3, 6+). This is the fourth consecutive positive trend for adult contemporary sibling WSNY (6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.1, 6+), but after three straight appearances at #3, “Sunny 95” backslides to #4. Sputtering by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2, 6+), hot AC cluster-mate WVMX “Mix 107.9” dips from #12 to #13. Albeit down two-tenths (10.4 – 10.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 for New Country” repeats at #1 and is in double-digits (6+) for the eleventh straight time. Down in each of the last four ratings periods (12.2 – 12.1 -11.1 – 9.8 – 9.4, 6+), co-owned CHR WNCI (flat at #2) is a collective -2.8 in that stretch. In 4.2 – 4.8 range (6+) the past seven ratings periods, urban contemporary sibling WZCB “106.7 The Beat” falters by nine-tenths to 3.7 (6+), skidding from seventh to tenth.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

| November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from the Staff of RadioInfo.  The staff of RadioInfo wishes you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend.  The offices of RadioInfo will be closed from 3:00 pm ET Wednesday (11/23) until Monday morning (11/28).  During this time, RadioInfo will report any urgent news bulletins, should they be necessary.  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

It’s Classic Hits for WXXM, Madison.  The former progressive talker – iHeartMedia’s WXXM-FM, Madison – will be a classic hits outlet after the holidays.  The station dropped progressive talk a couple of weeks ago and is currently playing Christmas music.  The station is being branded “Rewind 92.1” and will “broadcast wxxwMadison’s greatest hits from artists including the Eagles, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac and others.”  The company says it will announce the station’s full programming lineup at a later date.  iHM Madison market president Keith Bratel comments, “Local listeners haven’t had a station that consistently plays the greatest hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s – and now they do, with ‘Rewind 92.1!’  We’re excited for listeners to tune in to ‘Rewind 92.1’ for their favorite music, which we believe is the perfect complement to the hit music on ‘Z104’ and the classic rock on WIBA-FM.”

Kara Leigh Joins ‘B98.5’ Atlanta’s ‘Tad & Melissa’ Show.  Evening air personality Kara Leigh isleighkara promoted to the morning drive daypart at Cox Media Group’s CHR WSB-FM, Atlanta “B98.5.”  Effective Monday (11/28), Leigh will become part of the “Tad & Melissa” show.  Station director of branding and programming Chris Eagan comments, “Kara has proven to be an invaluable member of Cox Media Group Atlanta.  I know she’ll be an outstanding complement to the already awesome ‘Tad & Melissa’ show.”

Derrick Cole Named SVP of Programming for iHM Wilmington.  Promoted from iHeartMedia’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania station group to the SVP of programming role for its Wilmington, Delaware cluster iscolederrick Derrick “DC” Cole.  He will oversee programming at country WDSD, Dover; adult hits WRDX, Smyrna “92.9 TOM-FM”; news/talk WILM, Wilmington; news/talk WDOV, Dover; and sports talk WWTX “Fox Sports 1290.”  Cole will continue to program CHR WLAN, Lancaster and Spanish WLAN-AM “Rumba 1390.”  iHeartMedia SVP of programming for the Allentown-Harrisburg region, Jeff Hurley, states, “Derrick’s one of our best up-and-coming programmers.  We’ve seen record-setting numbers since he began programming WLAN four years ago.  We’re excited for this opportunity to expand his role within our region.”

Powell to Produce ‘Kicks 101.5’ Atlanta Morning Show.  The newly created executive producer position for the morning show at Cumulus Media’s WKHX, Atlanta “Kicks 101.5” is being filled by Jeremy Powell.  He was most recently with Cox Media Group’s crosstown CHR WSB-FM “B98.5” in a similar post.  Powell, who also powelljeremyworked in the Atlanta market producing morning programs at Cumulus Media’s rock WNNX “99X” and CBS RADIO’s WZGC “92.9 dave-fm,” will work with the “Cadillac Jack and Dallas, Mornings on Kicks 101.5” program.  WKXH program director Scott Lindy comments, “Jeremy’s knowledge of the Atlanta market, untapped skills and creative approach when it comes to content development and presentation are a great match for our morning show as well as the entire station.  I couldn’t be happier to share the news of Jeremy putting on a Cumulus jersey and joining our team in Atlanta.”

Pierre Robert Celebrates 35 Years at Philly’s WMMR.  Legendary midday host Pierre Robert is celebrating a milestone this month: 35 consecutive years broadcasting in Philadelphia at rock WMMR.  Robert robertpierrearrived in Philadelphia from San Francisco in 1981 and brought with him his iconic voice and passion for “Everything That Rocks.”  WMMR notes that during his tenure, “Robert has covered major events, including Live Aid in 1985, Live 8 in 2005, Woodstock ‘94 and the Concert for Amnesty International, plus countless tours from the Rolling Stones, The Who, Pearl Jam, and hundreds more.  He has attended more concerts, shaken more hands and touched more lives with his on-going support of local charities and his continued community service than any other Philadelphian.  His longevity and accomplishments truly make him one of a kind.”

ppmunitRound Two of November PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s November 2016 PPM survey has been released for the second of four rounds of 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s November 2016 survey period covered October 6 – November 2. View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all of these PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Washington, D.C. – On the strength of a four-tenths’ gain (9.6 – 10.0, 6+), American University‘s WAMU not only makes it four successive months at #1, “The Mind Is Our Medium” joins Hubbard Broadcasting-owned all-news WTOP (13 times) and iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH (seven times) as the market’s only stations to register double-digits (6+). The fourth successive improvement by WPRS “Praise 104.1” (2.9 – 3.2 –WAMU August 2016 3.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+) elevates the Radio One gospel outlet from sixth to fifth. Sixty-percent (60%) of its two-share net increase since July came from October’s +1.2. Prior to October, the last time “Praise 104.1” crossed the four-share threshold (6+) was April 2015 (4.2). Climbing from #19 to #17, the flagship of the NFL‘s Washington, D.C. franchise – Red Zebra Broadcasting‘s WTEM “ESPN 980″ – improves for the fourth successive time (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), yielding a +1.1 advantage in that stretch. Significant fluctuations continue for Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association’s WETA “Classical 90.9,” which lost a full-share in August (3.5 – 2.5, 6+) but then regained seven-tenths of it in September. In November, however, WETA falters by -1.1 to 2.0 (6+). The last time WETA fell below a three-share (6+) was in February 2014 (2.8). Moreover, it spirals from #13 to #19. In addition to being the third straight time that Cumulus Media hot AC WRQX (#14 to #17) registers a negative trend (3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+) for a combined -.8, “Mix 107.3” has its lowest 6+-share since January’s 2.1. Off for the fourth consecutive sweep resulting in a combined -1.8 (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+), Radio One-owned urban AC WMMJ “Majic 102.3” drifts from fifth to eighth. “Majic” now trails its direct competitor – Howard University‘s WHUR (5.7 – 5.9, +.2, unchanged at #3, 6+) – by 1.6 shares. WHUR is bouncing back from a -.9 in October and its lowest 6+-showing since February’s 4.8. Flat at #20, CBS Radio Spanish tropical WLZL “El Zol 107.9” has its seventh straight monthly without an increase (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+).

2) Boston – Two news and information facilities in the “Hub of the Universe” each score increases of seven-tenths: CBS Radio-owned WBZ-AM (6.0, WBZ-AMfifth to fourth, 6+) and Boston University’s WBUR (steady at #8, 6+). News/talk hybrid WBZ-AM enjoys its highest 6+-stat since April (also 6.0), while WBUR returns to August’s 4.1 (6+). Taking one-half share gains each are iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” (5.6, sixth to fifth, 6+) and public WCRB “Classical Radio Boston” (#15 to #14, 6+). As far as “Kiss 108” is concerned, the +.5 curtails four consecutive declines (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.1, 6+) that resulted in a combined -1.8. WXKS-FM fell to #6 in October, following six successive times at #3. Unchanged at #13, cross-town rival – CBS Radio’s WODS “Amp” – is up four-tenths to 3.5 (6+), bringing to an end three consecutive downward sweeps that yielded a loss of one full-share (4.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+). In June, “Amp” had its string of successive up or flat monthlies end at three (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+). This is the fourth successive positive trend for “Classical Radio Boston” (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.2, 6+), which has exactly doubled its 6+-share since July. Tremendous consistency at the top two spots still exists between Greater Media cluster-mates WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” (#1 for the eleventh successive monthly) and adult contemporary sibling WMJX “Magic 106.7” (runner-up for the eighth consecutive ratings period) but WROR is down by a combined two full-shares over the last four sweeps (8.6 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.4 – 6.6, 6+). While 8.6 in July was the strongest 6+-share in WROR’s PPM-history, the current 6.6 is the weakest since “Holiday” 2015 (5.5). “Magic” ping-pongs from 6.3 (September) to 6.6 (October) back to 6.3 (November, 6+). When it registered a 6.6 in September, “Magic” halted three successive down or flat trends for a combined -1.2 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). A -.6 in July, meanwhile, stopped a successive string of five increases for a cumulative +1.2 (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). In addition to “Boston’s Greatest Hits,” Entercom sports outlet WEEI-FM also regresses by eight-tenths (6.2 – 5.4, 6+) as the Boston Red Sox flagship returns to sixth from fourth. October’s +1.4 by WEEI-FM put the brakes on four straight downtrends that produced a -1.1 (5.9 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+). Co-owned/similarly formatted WEEI-AM (#24) adds two-tenths (.1 – .3, 6+), curtailing seven straight sweeps without an increase (.2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+). Still in the sports format, by dropping two-tenths (to 6.1 (6+), CBS Radio-owned New England Patriots flagship WBZ-FM (steady at #3) sees its string of up or flat trends end at four (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 6.3, 6+). Following three straight modest gains (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WBWL “101.7 The Bull – Boston’s New Hit Country” surrenders six-tenths and slides from #15 to #18 (2.1, 6+).

3) Detroit – Directly following September’s -.9 and October’s +1.0 with November’s +.8 (5.8 – 4.9 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+), Cumulus Media talker WJR progresses from third to second. The key station of the Detroit Lions registers its strongest 6+-stat since March (6.7 as well) and trails newly-installedwomc market pacesetter – CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC “104.3 Detroit’s Greatest Hits” – by just one-tenth. This is the third straight gain for “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” (5.4 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.8, 6+), which supplants sports cluster-mate/Detroit Tigers flagship WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” at #1. In addition to falling from first to third, “The Ticket” is -1.8 in three straight declines (7.8 – 7.7 – 7.5 – 6.0, 6+). After a one-month hiatus from the top spot, WXYT-FM returned to #1 in September and repeated there in October; “The Ticket” was #1 in April, May, June, and July. Steady at #4, Greater Media‘s WRIF “Rocks Detroit” posts its fourth straight improvement (5.1 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+) and has been between 5.1 – 5.9 (6+) in each sweep since February. Notching one-half share improvements are its all-news sibling WWJ (unchanged at #7, 6+) and iHeartMedia adult contemporary and mainstream CHR cluster-mates WNIC (5.2 – 5.7, sixth to fourth, 6+) and WKQI “Channel 95.5 – Detroit’s #1 Hit Music Station” (#11 to #9, 6+). The past four trends for WWJ are 5.0 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 (August through November, 6+). A +.4 in August halted six successive months without an increase (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+) that led to a combined -3.2; WWJ was the market leader (6+) in January and February. Meanwhile, “Channel 95.5” is up or flat for the third successive time (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+). Inching up from #19 to #18, iHeartMedia classic rocker WDTW “106.7 The D” adds one-tenth to 2.3 (6+), halting four consecutive negative trends that produced a -1.2 (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.2, 6+). There is still more “bouncing” for Greater Media urban-rhythmic oldies WMGC “The Bounce,” which transitioned from sports to urban-rhythmic oldies on July 1. It quickly posted back-to-back gains totaling a combined +7.3, vaulting from #23 (June, .7, 6+) to #15 (July, 3.1, 6+) to #1 (August, 8.0, 6+). Not only was it just a one-month stay at #1, “The Bounce” sputtered by -2.7 in September; -1.2 in October; and now -.8 in November (8.0 – 5.3 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+). Already down by more than 50% since August, “Bounce” has quickly spiraled from #1 (August) to #5 (September) to #12 (October) to #13 (November). Off by one-half share (3.1 – 2.6, 6+), Radio One urban AC WDMK “105.9 Kiss-FM” slides from #14 to #16. With each station’s September 2016 6+-stat in parentheses, these Bell Media (Canada) properties are unlisted for the second straight month: alternative CIMX (1.6); triple A CIDR (1.3); classic hits-oldies CKWW (.2); and talk CKLW (.1).

4) Miami – It borders on historic across the 48 PPM-markets to see adult contemporary stations ranking #1 and #2 in a non-Christmas music wfezinfluenced sweep. Such is the case though in Miami this particular ratings period though as Cox Media Group-owned WFEZ “Easy 93.1,” coming off a +.6 in October, marches from third to first (6.1 – 6.7 – 7.2, +.5, 6+). As a result, it displaces perennial market leader, Entercom AC WLYF “Lite FM,” which was -1.4 in October and now flat in November (8.4 – 7.0 – 7.0, 6+). At #1 the past four months, “Lite FM” drops to the runner-up slot. Prior to October’s -1.4, “Lite” was without a decrease the previous three sweeps (7.9 – 8.1 – 8.4 – 8.4, 6+). Over the last nine survey periods, very consistent “Easy” had a high of 6.7 (October) and a low of 6.1 (September). In its fifth straight monthly without a decrease (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WZTU “Donde Viven Tus Hits” (#15 to #11) dials up a +.7 for its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 4.0. Extending its successive string of monthlies without a decrease to seven (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+), CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPOW “Power 96” advances from eighth to seventh. Tied for #5 in October, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WCMQ “Zeta 92.3” records a gain of six-tenths (4.9 – 5.5, +) and is now in sole possession of fifth-place. Down for the fourth straight time for a combined -1.7 (4.6 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish tropical WRTO “Mix 98.3” drifts from #12 to #15. Finishing first in June, and then second the next three sweeps, Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” fell to fourth in October. It is without an increase for the fifth straight time and is -1.8 in that stretch (8.2 – 8.0 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+). The last time “Hot” was below a seven-share (6+) was October 2015 (6.4 as well). Climbing from #29 to #28, Moody Bible Institute‘s WRMB doubles its October 6+-share to .4 and halts ten consecutive down or flat trends (.8 – .7 – .7 – .6 -.5 -.4 -.4 .3 -.3 -.2 -.2, 6+).

5) Seattle – Continuing an exceptionally impressive roll, KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” registers its third straight gain (5.7 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 8.0, 6+) and is #1 for the eleventh consecutive sweep. Going back to August, the Hubbard Broadcasting CHR is up by more than two full-shares (+2.3, 6+).kqmv logo Showing great stability in the last five sweeps (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+), CBS Radio’s KMPS “94.1 Seattle Country Music Radio” breaks out a +.7 to 4.1, its best 6+-stat since April (also 6.1) and enters the top ten (#11 to #6). Improving by six-tenths each – and both taking major ranker jumps into the top ten – are public KNKX (3.3 – 3.9, #14 to #8, 6+) and Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO (3.0 – 3.6, #19 to #10, 6+). KNKX (formerly KPLU) and KOMO are in three-share range (6+) for the sixth and fifteenth straight times, respectively. Having improved by six-tenths in October, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KVRQ “Rock 98.9” relinquishes twice the gain (-1.2) and sinks from #11 to beyond the top 20 (#22). The decline ends three consecutive increases that yielded nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+). Eroding by one-half share each are CBS Radio classic rock and adult hits siblings KZOK (fourth to sixth, 6+) and KJAQ “96.5 Jack FM” (#9 to #15), as well as Bonneville sports outlet KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (3.5 – 3.0, #9 to #15, 6+). KZOK is down for the third successive time for a cumulative full-share loss (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.1, 6+), while “Jack” is without an increase for the fifth consecutive sweep and is -.8 in that time frame (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+). In fact, KIRO-AM and “Jack” are among five Seattle stations tied at #15 (3.0, 6+). Trending 1.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 (6+) Sinclair Broadcast Group talker KVI enters the top 20 (#20). This is the twelfth successive time that hot AC sibling KPLZ “Star 101.5” (3.6 – 3.3, -.3, #8 to #13, 6+) has been in three-share range (6+).  Unchanged at #24, Classic Radio classical KING is off by a combined -1.1 in three downward monthlies in a row (2.5 – 2.2 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+).

6) Phoenix – Progressing by seven-tenths each are CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KALV “Live 101.5 The Valley’s #1 Hit Music Leader” (3.7 – 4.4, tenth to kalvfifth, 6+) and Farmworker Educational Radio regional Mexican KNAI “Campesina” (2.7 – 3.4, #16 to #12, 6+). Down in four straight sweeps for a combined -1.6 (5.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), CBS Radio’s KMLE “Country @ 107.9” responds with a +.6 to 4.0 and cracks the top ten (#11 to #8), leapfrogging its rival – iHeartMedia’s KNIX “102.5 #1 for New Country” (eighth to tenth, 6+). KNIX is down or flat for the third consecutive sweep (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+). In a somewhat similar situation as KMLE, Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA “Jose” also improves by six-tenths (1.8, #25 to #23, 6+) to stifle four consecutive negative trends that yielded a -.9 (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+). Albeit down a combined six-tenths in back-to-back monthlies (6.9 – 6.7 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is #1 for the 26th successive ratings period. Three-tenths behind KESZ (at 6.0, 6+) is Hubbard Broadcasting classic rocker KSLX, which falters by six-tenths to curtail three successive upward moves (5.9 – 6.4 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+). A one-half share decline (3.4 – 2.9, 6+) drops The Yucaipa Companies’ hot AC KMVA “Hot” from #11 to #15. After six straight increases that nearly doubled its 6+-share (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+), “Hot” regressed by three-tenths in October.

7) Minneapolis – By picking up one-half share to 6.2 (6+), CBS Radio adult hits KZJK “104.1 Jack FM Playing What We Want” (steady at #6) crosses the six-share level for the KZJKfirst time since the “Holiday” 2015 report when it reached 6.1. For the past ten monthlies, “Jack” has been exclusively in three-share territory. After registering four successive declines that totaled a -1.4 (5.0 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+), country sibling KMNB “BUZ’N @102.9” (flat at #13, 6+) picks up three-tenths to 3.9 (6+); 3.6 in October was its lowest 6+-share since the “Holiday” 2015 report. Meanwhile, crosstown iHeartMedia-owned KEEY “K-102 Minnesota’s Country Station” is without an increase for the fifth straight ratings period (6.3 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.1, 6+) and slides from ninth to tenth. It was certainly going to be a hard act for iHeartMedia’s KFXN to follow, given that the flagship of the NFL‘s Minnesota Vikings was a combined +3.6 in September and October. With an 8.9 in October, “Sports Radio FM 100.3 K-FAN” boasted the best 6+-share in its PPM-history and took over the market’s #1 position. Albeit down four-tenths to 8.5 (6+), “K-FAN” repeats as the leader. The -.4, however, brings to an end four straight gains (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 6.7 – 8.9, 6+), as “K-FAN more than doubled its 6+-share since June (+4.5, 6+). Dropping from second to third, KSTP-FM “KS-95 Today’s Variety” remains in a funk. The Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC has not had an increase since February and has lost more than three full-shares (-3.1, 6+) or roughly 30% of its 6+-share in that stretch (10.2 – .8 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 9.1 – 9.1 – 8.9 – 7.7 – 7.6 – 7.1, 6+). Although unchanged at #5, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” falters for the fifth straight ratings period for a combined -1.7 (8.0 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3, 6+).

8) San Diego – Part of a three-way logjam at #7 (up from #12 in October), KOGO rolls out a +.7 to 4.5 (6+). The iHeartMedia talker had been in kxsnthree-share range the past 16 sweeps. Co-owned mainstream CHR KHTS adds six-tenths (5.1 – 5.7, 6+) to jump from fourth to second. This is the best (6+) showing for “Channel 93.3 – San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station” since May 2015 (also 5.7). Without a decrease for the fourth consecutive ratings period (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+), XHTZ “Z-90.3 Today’s Hit Music” propels from sixth to fourth. Three-tenths of a share separates the market’s top three November 2016 finishers, including Entercom adult contemporary KXSN “Sunny 98.1,” which is up or flat for the fourth straight time (5.1 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+) and flashes its best 6+-performance since May’s 6.6. Moreover, “Sunny” progresses from the runner-up spot to #1, displacing iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” (5.9 – 5.6, -.3, 6+), which had been on top the past five monthlies; “Star segues to #3. Seven straight up or flat trends for KFMB-AM have produced a +.6 (1.5 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+) and the Midwest Television talker climbs from #20 to #19. In 2.1 – 2.6 range (6+) for the twelfth straight monthly, Entercom-owned KBZT “94.9 San Diego’s Alternative” (2.1 – 2.2, +.1, 6+) remains at #18. Following three up-trends in a row that netted nine-tenths (4.4 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLQV “102.9 Mas Variedad” sputters by eight-tenths to 4.5, spiraling from third to seventh. In 3.0 – 3.8 range (6+) for the eleventh successive time, iHeartMedia’s KGB “San Diego’s Classic Rock” is off by one-tenth (3.4 – 3.3, 6+) to slip from #13 to #14. Without an increase for the eighth consecutive ratings period and a -1.4 since March (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.1, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5 The Beat of San Diego” drifts from eighth to tenth.

9) Tampa – More than rebounding from October’s one-half share drop, Cox Media Group CHR WPOI logs an increase of nine-tenths (4.7 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+) to jump from ninth to fifth. The last time “Hot 101.5 – All The Hits” reached the five-share level (6+) was August 2015 (5.0). It bypassesWPOI iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WFLZ “Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Channel” (4.5 – 4.3, -.2, 6+), which segues from eighth to ninth. The market’s (6+) country share increases by eight-tenths as Beasley Media Group’s WQYK “99.5 QYK” is up one-half share (5.0 – 5.5, sixth to fourth, 6+) while iHeartMedia-owned WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Leader” adds three-tenths (seventh to fifth, 6+). It is the third straight gain for “US-103.5” (4.0 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+) for a net of +1.1. In addition to WQYK, Beasley Media Group Spanish contemporary WYUU “92.5 Maxima” also improves by one-half share (3.9 – 4.4, tenth to eighth, 6+); “Maxima” had been in 3.1 – 3.9 range (6+) the past ten survey periods. Even though it is down by (just) one-tenth, (9.5 – 9.4, 6+), Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” is #1 for the 49th successive ratings period. Notwithstanding that it is up for the fourth consecutive time for a +.7 (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.2, 6+), co-owned WXGL “Classic Hits 107-3 The Eagle” must settle for a move of #2 to #3. On the heels of October’s -.5, Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” erodes by -1.1 (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.0, 6+) to plummet from #5 to #12. October’s -.5 ended three straight increases by “Q-105” that netted a +1.1 (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+). After notching a combined +1.4 in September and October (2.4 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned Tampa Bay Buccaneers flagship WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” forfeits half that margin (3.8 – 3.1, -.7, 6+) and slumps from #13 to #16. In advance of September’s +.9, WDAE hadn’t had an increase the previous four sweeps resulting in a -1.1 (3.5 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). Right behind it is co-owned WXTB “98 Rock,” which is off by one-half share (3.4 – 2.9, #15 to #17, 6+). Unchanged at #14, hot AC cluster-mate WMTX “Mix 100.7” is without an increase for the sixth consecutive time for a combined -1.3 (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+).

10) Denver – It is clear by now that KCFR (3.8 – 4.4, 6+) doesn’t believe in modest movement. Fluctuations for the Colorado Public Radio outlet KCFRthis calendar year include +.7 (January); -.7 (February); +.7 (March); -.7 (April); -.7 (June); +.7 (July); -.8 (October); and now +.6 (November). KCFR vaults from #12 into the top ten at #7. A gain of one-half share elevates Entravision Spanish adult hits KJMN “Jose 92.1” (#16 to #15) to 3.5, its best 6+-stat since 3.6 in the “Holiday” 2015 report. Owing to a +.3 to 3.9, iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KPTT “95.7 The Party” (#14 to #12, 6+) pulls the plug on three consecutive declines for a -1.0 (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). This is the twelfth successive sweep that sibling KBPI “Rocks the Rockies” (3.3 – 3.4, +.1, 6+) is in 3.0 – 3.8 range (6+). Flat at 6.6 (6+), cluster-mate KTCL “Modern Rock Channel 93-3” is without a decrease for the fourth straight survey period (5.3 – 6.3 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.6, 6+) and is #1 – also for the fourth consecutive time. Prior to August (2016), the last time “Channel 93-3” reached the six-share level (6+) was just over one year ago (6.0, 6+, August 2015). Owing to a loss of six-tenths to 4.3 (sixth to eighth, 6+), Bonneville’s KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” ends its streak of four successive up or flat trends which netted two full-shares (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.9, 6+). The 4.9 in October represented its most potent 6+ showing under PPM methodology. Down by one-tenth to 4.0 (#9 to #11, 6+), iHeartMedia talker/Denver Broncos AM flagship KOA ends three straight up-trends (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+), with 4.1 representing its best 6+-showing since October 2015 (4.4). On the heels of October’s loss of eight-tenths, Entercom rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5” further falters by one-half share (5.2 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+) and departs the top ten (#8 to #12). Co-owned classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” (third to fifth, 6+) declines for the fifth straight sweep (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5., 6+) for a cumulative -2.2.

11) Baltimore – Good news inside the Hearst Television cluster finds WIYY “98 Rock” trotting out a +.9 (5.0 – 5.9, sixth to fifth, 6+), while talk sibling WBAL posts a +.7 (3.1 – 3.8, #12 to #11, 6+). It is the best 6+-stat for WBAL since March (also 3.8) and the best-ever 6+-share for “98 Rock” inwiyy its PPM-history. Conversely, a pair of CBS Radio facilities erode by more than one full share each. Specifically, after registering a full-share increase in October, Baltimore Orioles flagship WJZ-FM plummets by -1.8 (5.5 – 6.5 – 4.7, fifth to sixth, 6+). October’s 6.5 was the first time “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” reached the six-share level (6+) since May 2015 (6.0). Its adult contemporary sibling, WLIF “Today’s 101.9,” added one-half share in October but now returns more than twice that amount (7.8 – 8.3 – 7.2, -1.1, 6+) as it slides from second to third. A -.4 in September by “Today’s 101.9” ended its string of successive increases – which netted a +1.1 – at three (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). Steady at #7, Peter & John Radio Fellowship‘s WRBS-FM “95.1 Shine” has its fourth straight increase for a combined +1.5 (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+). This is the strongest 6+-showing for “Shine” since March (4.4). In August, the contemporary Christian facility picked up two-tenths to halt six successive downward trends (5.7 – 5.6 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+) which eroded roughly 50% of its 6+-share (and a combined -2.9). Following four straight negative trends resulting in a loss of one full-share (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WZFT “Z-104.3” picks up four-tenths to 4.3 (6+) and progresses from tenth to seventh. Despite not showing an increase for the fifth consecutive sweep (9.8 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.4 – 8.4, 6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN “Magic 95.9” is #1 for the fourth straight sweep. Owing to a -1.2 in July, “Magic 95.9” exited the top spot. Before that, “Magic 95.9” put together four straight increases for a combined +3.7 (6.1 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 8.2 – 9.8, 6+). Albeit that it gains two-tenths to 3.3 (6+), Shamrock Communications classic rocker WZBA “100.7 The Bay,” which hadn’t had an increase in the past four ratings period (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+), backslides from #12 to #13. In fourth-place for the sixth consecutive sweep, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s #1 for New Country” loses three-tenths to 6.9 (6+).

12) St. Louis – Down by a combined half share in back-to-back sweeps (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WFUN “95.5 R&B + WFUNOld School for The Lou” comes roaring back with a +1.1 to 5.7, catapulting from #11 to #5. Without an increase the past four ratings periods for a -1.5 (9.2 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+), Emmis rocker KSHE erupts with a +.9 to 8.6 and is #1 for the eleventh straight time. When KSHE lost one-half share back in May, it ended a streak of nine successive ratings periods in which it hadn’t had a decrease for a combined +2.4 (6.2 – 6.2 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.1 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.6, 6+). It has a nine-tenths lead over iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet KLOU, which is up eight-tenths after October’s +.5 (6.4 – 6.9 – 7.7, 6+). This represents the most potent 6+-share for KLOU since its 7.8 in October 2015. Prior to October’s +.5, KLOU had been down or flat the previous four sweeps (7.4 – 7.4 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+) for a net loss of one full-share. In five straight up or flat trends (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 Sports” (#16 to #14) is a combined +1.4 and has its best 6+-stat since January’s 4.1. While unchanged at #17, this is the fourth straight gain for Emmis talker KFTK (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+). Suffering the most pronounced October 2016 – November 2016 decline of any station in the 24 PPM-markets released thus far this week, CBS Radio talker/St. Louis Cardinals flagship KMOX (6.8 – 4.9, -1.9, 6+) tumbles from third to eighth and has its weakest 6+-share in almost two years (4.3, “Holiday” 2014). There is another significant shift for Radio One urban contemporary WHHL,” which followed September’s +1.6 with a -.7 in October, as “Hot 104.1” now regresses by -1.1 (4.9 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 4.4, 6+) to deflate from #7 to #12. Prior to September, the last time “Hot” crossed the six-share threshold (6+) was December 2014 (6.4). Flat at #6, Hubbard Broadcasting country outlet WIL-FM falters by four-tenths to 5.5, thus bringing to a close six consecutive ratings periods without a decrease for a net gain of +1.5 (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+).

Nielsen Audio Ratings – November 2016

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

| November 22, 2016

WROR, Boston’s Wally Brine to Retire.  It’s truly the end of an era as Boston radio legend Wally Brine announces he’s retiring from his radio gig at Beasley Media Group’s classic hits WROR on December 16, after brinewally35 years partnered with Loren Owens in morning drive.  Wally Brine is the only child of WPRO-AM, Providence radio legend Salty Brine.  He got his start as a part-timer on WPRO-FM back in 1968.  Before arriving at WVBF, Boston in 1981, he also worked at WGAN, WLOB, and WJBQ in Portland,wror Maine.  About his retirement, Brine states, “Oh boy…this was such a tough decision.  We call it a ‘show,’ but it’s so much more than that.  The studio is filled with my friends, my family.  Loren Owens and I have been together for 35 years, longer than most marriages.  He’s been my friend, my teacher, my advisor, my confidant and my hero. I have been so blessed to have been teamed up with Loren. I will be forever grateful. I just wish there were two of me.  One could stay, and the other could sleep in, travel with my wife and stay up late!”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In the Chicagoland market, Eddie Volkman is back on the radio full time,volkmaneddie hosting mornings on Matrix Broadcasting’s suburban classic rocker WFXF, Dundee, Illinois.  Chicagoland Radio and Media reports Volkman appeared on afternoon personality Pat Capone’s program to talk about his joining the station.  Volkman is quoted saying, “It’s great to be here.  I’m excited!  I came out here and did a guest shot on your sister-station [WZSR-FM/Star 105.5] a while back, and I told [morning show host] Joe Cicero this is so great.  It’s not the confines of corporate radio, and it’s like family, and people seem to like each other, and you have cows out the window…!”  Volkman and former partner Jobo, a.k.a. Joe “Bohannon” Colborn had a long run on CBS RADIO’s WBBM-FM hosting mornings until they were let go in 2008.  Most recently Volkman did a three month gig as afternoon talk host on suburban talker WCKG-AM, Elmhurst…..In Denver, Kroenke Sports Entertainment and programmer Ed Hill part company as Hill leaves his VP/programming role at the four station cluster for a gig soon-to-be-announced.  Hill was directly programming country KWOF and also in charge of hot AC KIMN, classic hits KXKL, and sports talk KKSE-AM…..Weekend personality Aly is promoted to afternoons at Cherry Creek Media’s CHR KWWW, Wenatchee, Washington.  Aly takes over for Tresa Robinson who moves to the company’s clustermate country KYSN.

nielsen-logoRound One of November PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s November 2016 PPM ratings survey 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’s November 2016 survey period covered October 6 – November 2. View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) New York – Trending 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.4 (6+) since August, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “New York’s Greatest Hits” improves by one-half share to 5.9 (6+), progressing from fourth to second. One-half share ahead of WCBS-FM is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite-FM,” which is on top for the fourth straight time. “Lite-FM,” however, is off three-tenths to 6.4 (6+), thus curtailing threeWCBS-FM successive up-trends (6.0 – 6.1 – 6.5 – 6.7, 6+). October’s 6.7 was its highest 6+-share since March (also 6.7). A one-tenth increase in August enabled “Lite-FM” to halt four successive sweeps without an increase resulting in a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0, 6+). A decrease of one-half share (2.2 – 1.7, 6+) drops iHeartMedia talker WOR out of the top 20 (#18 to #21). It is the lowest 6+-stat for the New York Mets flagship since March (also 1.7). The October tie at #15 between the market’s two hot AC rivals is broken as Cumulus Media’s WPLJ gains four-tenths (3.1, #13, 6+), but CBS Radio’s WNEW “Fresh 102.7” drops four-tenths (2.3, #17). Up until November 2016, WPLJ had recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+) for 22 successive sweeps. As mentioned above, the November sweep concluded November 2, several days before the November 8 presidential election – CBS Radio all-news outlet WINS picks up four-tenths (4.3 – 4.7, 6+) to jump from seventh to fifth, while co-owned similarly formatted WCBS-AM drops one-tenth (3.0 – 2.9, 6+), moving #12 to #14.

2) Los Angeles – After being off by two-tenths each in back-to-back sweeps (5.8 – 5.6 – 5.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” gains one-tenth (5.5, 6+) and is the market’s kost xmas logotrendsetter for the thirteenth successive ratings period; “Coast” was a combined +.5 in July and August (5.3 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+). Netting seven-tenths in the past three ratings periods (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+), CBS Radio smooth AC KTWV “The Wave” checks in at #3, yet is actually down from second in October. Leapfrogging it is classic hits-oldies cluster-mate KRTH “K-Earth 101,” which regains the four-tenths it lost the previous sweep (4.9 – 4.5 – 4.9, 6+). In advance of October’s -.4, “K-Earth 101” had been up or flat the previous three monthlies (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+). Three of the last five ratings periods have produced a 6+-share of 4.7 for iHeartMedia hot AC KBIG “My 104.3” (4.7 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.7, 6+), which jumps from sixth to fourth. Busting out of a four-way logjam at #32 and moving to #30 is ESPN Radio‘s KSPN “ESPN 710” (.8 – 1.2, +.4, 6+), the AM flagship of the NFL‘s newly relocated (Los Angeles to St. Louis back to Los Angeles) Los Angeles Rams. Falling from third to sixth is Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5” (4.1, -.4, 6+), which curtails four straight gains for a net +.9 (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+).  Owing to a decline of four-tenths (2.3, 6+), Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters’ KKGO has its string of consecutive up or flat trends halted at five (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+) as “Go Country 105” slips from #15 to #17. Although steady at #19, CBS Radio alternative KROQ is without an increase for the seventh successive sweep (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+) for a combined -.9. Its cross-town rival – iHeartMedia’s KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” – is up four-tenths since September (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+) and advances from tenth to eighth. This time last month, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary KXOL “Mega 96.3” replaced regional Mexican sibling KLAX “97.9 La Raza” in the top 20. Now, however, “97.9 La Raza” recoups October’s -.2 (2.3 – 2.1 – 2.3) and jumps from #21 to #17, while “Mega 96.3” is flat at 2.2 (6+), remaining at #19.

3) Chicago – Exuberant celebration by Chicago Cubs fans worldwide continues as the NL Central team ended its 108-year World Series drought by defeating the Cleveland Indians in this year’s Fall Classic. Giddiest among its partisans are executives of the team’s flagship – CBS Radio-owned sports outlet WSCR “670 The Score” – which trots out a massive +1.9 (4.2 – 6.1, 6+) to vault from sixth toWSCR - Cubs second. No other station in the 12 PPM-markets listed here had a greater October 2016 – November 2016 (6+) increase than WSCR. The 6+-sports share in the “Windy City” bloats by an additional eight-tenths as ESPN Radio‘s WMVP “1000 AM ESPN Chicago” is not only up for the fifth straight time (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.9, 6+), it rockets from #22 to #10. Inching up from #14 to #13, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE is within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 31st straight monthly (2.4 – 2.6, +.2, 6+). Even though it returns three-tenths of October’s +.8, CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM nonetheless repeats at #1. The Chicago Bears key station was tied for the lead in September and had been on top from January through May. One-share is the difference between ranker #9 and ranker #24 (6+). As a result of a one-half share decrease (3.2 – 2.7, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WLS-FM exits the top ten (#9 to #12); it is the lowest 6+-showing for “Chicago’s Classic Hits” since January’s 2.6. Following six straight up or flat trends that yielded a +.6 (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), WRME “MeTV 87.7” drops two-tenths (2.2, 6+) to tumble from #14 to #19. Among the stations affected by the WSCR juggernaut is Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix,” which despite a +.4 (4.9 – 5.3, 6+), finishes at #4 – after being in third-place the past seven sweeps. Notwithstanding a loss of two tenths to 2.9 (6+), iHeartMedia‘s similarly programmed WLIT returns to the top ten (#11 to #10), but “My-FM” is without an increase for the ninth successive month. In that stretch, “My-FM” has eroded by exactly 11 shares (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9, 6+). In addition to the fact that the market’s 6+ country share erodes by one-half share, the two format players each lose six rankers: CBS Radios WUSN “US-99 Chicago’s Hottest Country” is off for the fourth straight time (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.2, #13 to #19, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WEBG “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” drops two-tenths (2.2 – 2.0 #18 to #24).

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4) San Francisco – Spoken-word stations hold the top three spots in the Bay Area for the ninth successive sweep. After being dislodged from the top spot and moving to the runner-up position in October, kqedKQED roars back with a full-share gain and reclaims the lead. Moreover, the Northern California Public Broadcasting outlet is without a loss for the sixth straight time for a cumulative +2.1(4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.9, 6+). Trending 2.3 – 2.9 – 2.6 (6+) since August, Cumulus Media talker KSFO displays a one-half share gain to 3.1 (6+) and climbs from #15 to #11. Unchanged at #3, co-owned KNBR – the flagship of both MLB‘s Giants and the NFL‘s 49ers – continues its rollercoaster ride with a -.5 (July); another -.5 (August); -.8 (September); +.8 (October); and now a -.7 (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 4.9 – 5.7 – 5.0, 6+). October’s gain of eight-tenths halted four successive declines for “The Sports Leader” which resulted in a combined loss of nearly two full-shares (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+). Prior to slipping to third in September, KNBR had been #1 since April. Following three consecutive negative trends which resulted in a -.6 (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ posted a +.4 in October, but it slips by six-tenths (2.2 – 1.6, 6+) and “93.3 La Raza” exits the top 20 (#16 to #21). Unchanged at #4, CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7 New Hit Music” is off by one-tenth to 4.1 (6+), ending six successive up or flat sweeps that netted at +1.2 (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+).

5) Dallas – Deadlocked at #8 in October with 3.5 shares (6+), CBS Radio adult hits KJKK “Jack-FM – Playing What We Want” and Cumulus Media talker WBAP mirror each other with gains of six-tenths to 4.1. The two stations are now connected at #7. Improving by one-half share each are Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNO “Que Buena 94.1” (fourth to third, 6+) and Cumulus Media sports outletKJKK KTCK “The Ticket” (#13 to #9). This is the third straight increase for both KLNO (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.3, 6+) and “The Ticket” (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+). In a bit of an oddity, this marks the fourth straight month that four-tenths of a share separates the top three finishers. The October tie at #1 between CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV and iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” is broken but neither of those stations claims the top spot in November. Instead, that honor goes to Cumulus Media’s country formatted KPLX “The Wolf” (5.4 – 5.7, +.3, 6+), leaping to the top from #3. Prior to its -.4 in October, “The Wolf” had gone without a decrease the previous seven sweeps (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.7 – 5.8, 6+) and was a cumulative +1.5 since February. September was the first time since May 2014 (when it registered a 6.6, 6+) that “The Wolf” occupied the top spot. Meanwhile, after three successive months at 3.5 (6+), co-owned and similarly programmed KSCS posted four straight 3.3 showings (6+). “New Country 96.3” adds three-tenths (3.6, 6+) to move from a tie at #10 back to #9. Regarding October’s co-leaders, “Kiss” shifts to second (5.8 – 5.5, -.3, 6+) and KLUV, off by seven-tenths (5.8 – 5.1, 6+), slips to fourth. Steady at #5, iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9” is without a decrease for the seventh straight time (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+). Format rival – CBS Radio-owned KVIL has an up/down pattern since May of 2.6 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 2.7 (6+) and spins from #13 to #16. After eight straight gains for a combined +1.9 (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+), co-owned KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” regresses by one-half share to 3.2 (6+). The flagship of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys departs the top ten (#7 to #12).

6) Houston – A full-share gain by Radio One urban AC KMJQ, coupled with a six-tenths decline by Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “102.9 Estereo Latino”(8.0 – 7.4, 6+) has “Majic 102.1 The kmjq logoReal Sound of H-Town”(third-place tie to second) just three-tenths behind KLTN. First for the fourth successive sweep, KLTN was +1.3 in October. The 8.0 it registered in October is the highest 6+-share in its PPM history. A -.3 in September by “Estereo Latino” curtailed five successive gains that yielded a combined increase of more than two full-shares (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+). This is the third straight up or flat trend for “Majic” (5.9 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 7.1, 6+). Off by -1.7 since July (5.9 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.2, 6+), Cox Media Group country KKBQ “The New 93-Q” regains seven-tenths to 4.9 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Before slipping to #7 in October, “The New Q” had been at #5 the previous four sweeps. The HD3 side channel of iHeartMedia’s KODA is up one-half share (.2 – .7, #25, 6+), while its HD2 channel appears in print with a .2 (#33, 6+). Even though the main FM signal – adult contemporary KODA – improves in back-to-back sweeps (6.5 – 6.6 – 6.9, 6+), “Sunny 99.1” must settle for a second-place to third-place move; “Sunny 99.1” ranked first in 23 consecutive ratings periods before dipping to second in August. Relinquishing the four-tenths it gained in October (plus two-tenths more), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KOVE “Mas Variedad” (4.0 – 3.4, -.6, 6+) spirals from a three-way tie at #8 to #13. Regressing by one-half share each are Cumulus Media CHR KRBE “Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” (#12 to #14, 6+) and CBS Radio hot AC KHMX “Houston’s Mix 96.5” (3.0 – 2.5, #15 to #18, 6+). This is the fourth straight decline for KRBE for a combined -1.4 (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+). Flat at #21, CBS Radio KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” drops two-tenths to 2.0 (6+), halting three straight positive trends for a combined +1.3 (.9 – 1.0 – 1.4 – 2.2, 6+); 2.2 in October 2016 was the best 6+-performance in one year (2.4, October 2015) for the Houston Texans’ flagship.

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7) Philadelphia – Posting trends of 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.3 (August – September – October, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Classic Soul” dials up a +.6 to 6.9 (6+) to advance from third to second. Up or flat for the third straight time (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+), CBS Radio all-news KYW progresses from eighth to sixth and has its best 6+-share since April (also 5.1). After a combined +.8 (6.8 – 7.4wdas-fm – 7.6, August – September – October, 6+), Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” is off by one-tenth (7.5, 6+), but is #1 for the third consecutive monthly. The +.6 in September halted three successive downward moves for a combined loss of one full-share (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+); “More FM” occupied the market’s top spot for 12 consecutive survey periods (August 2015 through June 2016). Sputtering by eight-tenths (4.9 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRFF “Radio 104.5 Philly’s Alternative” dips from seventh to ninth; 4.1 is its lowest 6+-share since February’s 3.8. A drop of one-tenth to 4.9 (6+) stops three straight improvements for CBS Radio’s WIP-FM that netted a +1.3 (3.7 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 5.0, 6+); the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles flagship slips from sixth to seventh. Steady at #10, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99” is down or flat for the fourth successive time (4.9 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+).             

8) Atlanta – By hauling out a +.7 (5.2 – 5.9, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WHTA “Hot 107.9” climbs from third to a second-place tie. It is anchored there with its format rival – CBS Radio’s WVEE WHTA“V-103” – which sputters by one-half share (6.4 – 5.9, 6+). The two urban contemporary outlets trail Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM (10.1 – 9.9, -.2, 6+) by four full-shares. Down by one-half share in September, WSB-AM more than made up for it by boasting a +1.2 in October. It holds the top spot for the tenth straight month. Its 10.1 in October marked the first time in the station’s PPM-history that WSB-AM broke into double-digits (6+). Notching gains of one-half share each are adult contemporary sibling WSB-FM “B-98.5” (4.9, seventh to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia regional Mexican WBZY “El Patron 105.3” (1.0 – 1.5, #21, 6+). “B-98.5” was off by a combined one-half share since August (4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+). Without a decrease since June for a combined +1.2 (2.3 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), public (City of Atlanta Board of Education) WABE forfeits six-tenths to 2.9, slipping from #15 to #16. Off by six-tenths as well is iHeartMedia-owned WUBL “94.9 The Bull – Atlanta’s New Country Leader” (3.7 – 3.1, #13 to #15, 6+). Part of a three-way logjam at #11 (all with 3.7, 6+) are its country competitor, Cumulus Media’s WKHX “Kicks 101.5,” which was -1.4 in October and +1.3 in September; iHeartMedia-owned WWPR “Power 96.1” down for the third straight time (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+); and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 – Atlanta’s Inspiration Station (flat at 3.7, 6+). September’s 5.2 was the most potent 6+-share for “Kicks 101.5” since April 2011 (5.2 as well). Without an increase for the third straight sweep (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” (fourth to seventh) has its weakest 6+-showing since April’s 4.3. Meanwhile, similarly-formatted Radio Training Network’s WVFJ “93.3 The Joy FM” has its fourth successive up-trend (.9 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.5 – 1.9, 6+) and enters the top 20 at #18. After being up or flat the past five sweeps (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.8, 6+), Clark Atlanta University jazz outlet WCLK drops three-tenths to 1.5 (6+) and exits the top 20 (#19 to #21).

9) Long Island – Following three straight declines that totaled a combined -.7 (6.7 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” posts a gain of six-tenths to 6.6 (6+) and is #1 in Long Island for the tenth successive sweep. A -.3 in August erased four straight monthlies where “Z-100” was up or flat (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+). In 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) the past 14 ratings periods, Cox Media GroupWHTZowned WBAB is also up by six-tenths, progressing to 4.1 (6+) and “Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” enters the top ten (#11 to #8). Its New York City rival – iHeartMedia’s WAXQ “Q-104.3” picks up one-half share (3.1 – 3.6, 6+) and also cracks the top ten (#13 to #10). This is the 23rd straight sweep that Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” (#20 to #19) is in 2.0 – 2.9 range (2.2 – 2.4, +.2, 6+). Advancing from fourth to third, CBS Radio all-news WCBS-AM posts its fourth straight up or flat trend (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+) and best 6+-stat in Long Island since February (also 4.6). On the heels of a +1.2 in October, co-owned WFAN-FM “The Fan” surrenders nine-tenths (5.5 – 4.6, 6+), as the New York Giants key station slides from second to third. Frozen on 3.5 (6+) in April, May, and June, iHeartMedia talker WOR dropped to 3.3 in July; rebounded with a one-half share increase in August; and – in October – recaptured the eight-tenths it lost in September (3.8 – 3.0 – 3.8, 6+). The seesaw though continues for the New York Mets flagship as it now sputters by nine-tenths to 2.9 and plummets from #9 to #15. Without a decrease since May for a net of +1.2 (3.3 – 3.3 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.5, 6+), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM falters by seven-tenths to 3.8 and stumbles from fifth to ninth.

10) Riverside – Part of the five-straight positive or flat trends for KLVE include three successive 3.9 showings (6+) followed by it being locked on 4.0 (6+) in September and October. The Univision Radio klve logoSpanish contemporary outlet busts loose with a +1.4 to 5.4 (6+) to climb from sixth to fifth. The last time “K-LOVE 107.5” reached the five-share level (6+) in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario was January (5.1). Bouncing back from a -.6 in October, regional Mexican sibling KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” (unchanged at #4) dials up a +.9 (4.6 – 5.4, 6+). Prior to an increase of eight-tenths in September, “Zona MX 101.9” was down or flat the previous three Inland Empire monthlies (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). In addition to notching its fifth successive up or flat trend (.5 – .7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.3, 6+), San Bernardino Community College-owned KVCR (steady at #13) reaches the one-share level (6+) for the first time since February’s 1.3. Unchanged at 7.5 (6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is #1 for the twelfth consecutive ratings period. Following a one-share increase in June, which halted back-to-back downward trends that produced a combined -.4, “Jose” fell by two-tenths in July but bounced back with a +.8 in August. Stymied at 2.9 (6+) in September and October, LC Media urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE “Old School 104.7” (seventh to eighth, 6+) sputters by six-tenths to 2.3, its lowest 6+-share since April (also 2.3). Regressing by one-half share each are Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA (6.6, 6+) and CBS Radio country outlet KFRG “K-Frog.” In the runner-up slot for the fifth consecutive ratings period, KOLA had been up or flat the past six times for a net gain of +2.2 (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.1, 6+). “K-Frog” logged a +.9 in October (3.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+) and was in 3.2 – 3.9 territory (6+) the previous five sweeps (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.2, 6+). Meanwhile, co-owned KXFG (#21 to #22) has a .1 for the ninth consecutive time. Beginning with #15 – regional Mexican KAEH – nine of the last 12 stations listed on the November 2016 report are flat from October 2016.

11) San Jose – Tacking on seven-tenths to October’s +.4 (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.7, 6+), Cumulus Media triple A KFOG “Music Matters” jumps from #19 to #13. There are one-half share gains each for Alpha Media hot AC KEZR “Mix 106.5,” (fifth to third, 6+) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” (#11 to #8, 6+). After three successive up-trends that netted eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+),

kfog “Mix” surrendered a -1.2 in August; regained two-thirds of that loss in September (+.8); was -.6 in October; and is now +.5 in November (5.4 – 4.2 – 5.0 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+). Stuck on 3.0 (6+) in June and July, “Que Buena” gained a combined seven-tenths in August and September; sputtered by one-half share in October; and regains one-half share in November (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+). Up or flat for the fifth straight time for a net +.9 (3.4 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+), Alpha Media-owned adult contemporary KBAY inches up from sixth to fifth. Not only is KCBS-AM (+1.0 in October, 6+) up for the fourth consecutive sweep netting a +2.5 (4.4 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.7 – 6.9, 6+), the CBS Radio all-news operation repeats at #1. It was deadlocked for the top spot in August and September with Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “100.3 Mas Variedad.” Prior to October, the last time KCBS-AM crossed the six-share threshold in San Jose was May 2015 (6.5). A -1.2 takes Empire Broadcasting’s KRTY “San Jose Hot Country 95.3” (fourth to eighth) to 3.7, its lowest 6+-share since June (also 3.7). Trending 5.3 – 5.1 – 5.3 (August – September – October, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” sputters by seven-tenths to 4.6 (6+), dropping from third to fourth. In 3.3 – 3.9 range since May (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7 New Hit Music” falters by one-half share and is back to 3.3 (eighth to tenth, 6+). Off by four-tenths, hot AC cluster-mate KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” ends four successive up or flat trends (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 6+) and drifts from #15 to #19.

12) Middlesex – It proves to be an active month for CBS Radio-owned classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “New York’s Greatest Hits,” which is up one-half share in its New York City home base; off seven-tenths in WCBS-AMLong Island; and up six-tenths in this New Jersey market (3.6 – 4.2, 6+) to climb from tenth to eighth. WCBS-FM reaches the four-share level (6+) in Middlesex-Somerset-Union for the first time since April (4.4). Good news as well for co-owned all-news WCBS-AM, which picks up one-half share (3.3 – 3.8, 6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #10). From February through October, WCBS-AM was in 3.0 – 3.4 range (6+). Despite being down a combined one-share in October and November (8.2 – 7.6 – 7.2, 6+), Townsquare Media talker WKXW is on top for the eleventh consecutive ratings period. In September, “New Jersey 101.5” wiped out an August -.6 with an increase of seven-tenths. Owing to a four-tenths gain in July, it halted four straight negative trends that had resulted in a combined -1.4 (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+). As noted above, CBS Radio’s WFAN “The Fan” and iHeartMedia talker WOR are each off by nine-tenths in Long Island. The two regress by seven-tenths each in Middlesex, with WFAN 4.1 – 3.4 (#8 to #12, 6+) and WOR 3.2 – 2.5 (#18, 6+). “The Fan” had put together eight consecutive up or flat monthlies (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.1, 6+) for a one full-share increase. The -.7 curtails three straight gains in Middlesex-Somerset-Union for WOR (1.7 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.2, 6+) that nearly doubled its 6+-share here. The New York Mets flagship slips from #14 to #18. Down or flat for the fifth consecutive sweep for a cumulative -1.6 (6.6 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3” slides from third to fourth. It is the lowest 6+-share in Middlesex for “Q-104.3” since January’s 4.5. Meanwhile, this is the third successive negative trend for Cumulus Media’s WNSH “94.7 Nash FM” (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+), which plummets from #10 to #16.

JVC Broadcasting Launches ‘Oldies 98’ on Long Island Translator.  Flipping from a simulcast of dance-formatted WPTY, Calverton-Roanoke, JVC Broadcasting launches an oldies station on translator W251BY, w251byPatchogue as “Oldies 98.1 FM.”  JVC VP of programming Charlie Lombardo says, “‘Oldies 98’ is a complete JVC team effort, when I tell you that we had help putting this station together from our staff in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala and West Palm Beach it is an understatement, the entire JVC Broadcasting team put this radio station together and made it the way radio used to be, FUN – lots of jingles, lots of voices and all the hits all the time.  The station has been researched and designed exclusively for Suffolk County.  We spent weeks talking to our listeners, partners and community leaders and found there is no need for another ‘cookie-cutter’ radio station.  This area has a rich musical heritage that is unserved and ‘Oldies 98’ fills that void.”

harrisonupclosefaroutsmall96-Year-Old PR Pioneer Leo Pearlstein Guests on Special Thanksgiving Harrison Podcast.  If you are looking for a simple, great approach to preparing a Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings, check out this week’s fun installment of the award-winning PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  96-year-old Leo Pearlstein, founder and CEO of the groundbreaking LA public relations firm Lee &pearlsteinleo Associates was a pioneer in the promotion and marketing of food during the second half of the 20th century.  Pearlstein specialized in representing specific food industries (such as the egg farmers, salmon raisers and prune growers) and tying in celebrity endorsements to his remarkably creative PR campaigns.  He was especially influential in elevating turkey meals from being primarily a Thanksgiving custom to becoming a mainstay of people’s diets all year round.  He launched that campaign with celebrated sexy 1950s movie icon Jayne Mansfield.  He even played a role in inventing the heat-resistant plastic turkey thermometer that pops up when the meat reaches a safe 180 degrees in the oven.  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

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