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Friday, September 30, 2016

| September 30, 2016

ppmunitRound Four of September PPM Data Released. The fourth of four rounds of Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s September 2016 survey period covered August 11- September 7.  You can view all the 6+ 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 – Without an increase the last four sweeps for a -.8 (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ kkmjgains it all back (5.1, +.8, 6+) as “Majic 95.5” zooms from #9 to a three-way tie at #5. Also improving by eight-tenths (2.9 – 3.7, #13 to #11, 6+) is Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3,” which has its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2015 (3.9). Although unchanged at #20, cluster-mate KLJA “107.7 Mas Variedad” notches a +.2 to 1.4 (6+), thus curtailing four successive declinesklqb producing a -1.9, or roughly 60% of its 6+ share (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.2, 6+). Following three successive negative trends that yielded a -.8 (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WPEZ “102.3 The Beat” dials up a +.7 to 4.4 (6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #10). By gaining four-tenths in June, Emmis adult hits KBPA 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; but declines -.8 in September (8.1 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 8.3, 6+). Nonetheless, “Bob” is on top for the ninth consecutive time. Also off by eight-tenths is co-owned KLBJ-FM “93.7 The Rock of Austin” (5.5 – 4.7, 6+), which tumbles from fourth to eighth. Up by a combined two full-shares in July and August (6.7 – 8.7, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned KUT flounders by 45% of that increase to 7.8 (-.9, 6+) but remains in the runner-up slot for the fifth time in a row. Prior to August, the last time KUT crossed the eight-share barrier (6+) was February 2011 when it reached 8.5.

2) Milwaukee – Off in back-to-back monthlies by six-tenths (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV more wkkvthan erases that deficit with a +.9 to 6.3 (6+) as “V-100.7 Jams” elevates from #7 to a tie at #3. Bouncing back from a one-half share decline in August, CHR sibling WRNW “97-3 Now” flashes a +.8 (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.9, 6+), climbing from #14 to #12. Remaining in that iHM cluster, WMIL (steady at #5) posts a +.2 to 5.9 (6+), halting three consecutive times it was without anwrnw increase for a cumulative -.9 (6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.7, 6+); 5.7 was the lowest 6+-share for “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” since the “Holiday” 2015 report (5.4). Unchanged at #11, Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3 Today’s R&B and Old School” tacks on seven tenths to the one-half share it gained in August (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+). The last six fluctuations for “Jammin’ are +.7 (April); +.5 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (July); +.5 (August); and +.7 (September) for a net of +1.0. Positive or flat for the fourth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s WUWM (#15 to #14) is +1.2 since May. Speaking of “May,” this is the first time WUWM has crossed the three-share level (6+) since May 2014 when it hit 3.2. Even though it takes a spike of -.6 to 8.7 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” occupies the market’s top spot for the 18th straight sweep. Similar to Saga’s “Jammin,” “Big FM” is no stranger to wild month-to-month shifts. They include +1.7 (October); -.7 (November); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May); -1.1 (August) and now -.6 (September). Co-owned talker WISN surrenders one full-share of the robust +1.2 it garnered in August (4.9 – 6.1 – 5.1, 6+) as it slides from fourth to seventh. With a +.3 in July, WISN curtailed four straight declines that accounted for a combined -2.1 (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.6, 6+). Fellow talk outlet, Scripps-owned WTMJ, relinquishes the entire one-half share it gained in August (plus one-tenth, -.6 to 6.3, 6+) as it segues from second to third. With its +.5 in August, the flagship of the Milwaukee Brewers stopped three straight (modest) dips (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+). Also down by six-tenths are co-owned WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” (2.8, #13 to #15, 6+) and Saga Communications’ WJYI “Today’s Christian Joy” (.9 – .3, #21, 6+). “94.5 KTI Country” had been positive or flat the past four sweeps (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+).

3) Indianapolis – One-half share separates the market’s top three rankers. With a +.2 in August, Emmis adult contemporary wyxbWYXB ended three straight declines (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+). Tacking on an additional seven-tenths (6.6 – 7.3, 6+), “Soft Rock B-105.7” inches up from fourth to third. It is the strongest 6+-share for “B-105.7” since February (7.6). In the country arena, Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” registers its third successive positive trend (5.3 –wfms 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+), reaching the six-share level (6+) for the first time since January 2015 (6.3), while Emmis’ WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank FM” is without an increase for the fourth time in a row (6.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+). “The Country Station” and “Hank” remain at fifth and eighth, respectively. 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 from first (where it was in June and July) to second. Not only does the Entercom CHR pick up two-tenths (7.6 – 7.8, 6+), it regains the top spot from Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader,” which erodes by -1.2 to 6.5 (6+) and drifts to fourth. In August, “Indy’s R&B Leader” notched a +.6 to 7.7, its best 6+-share since November 2015’s 8.2. Off by seven-tenths to 2.5 – its lowest 6+-stat since December 2014’s 1.7 – Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat” falls from #13 to #14. As a result of an August gain of one-tenth, “The Beat” brought to an end four successive down or flat sweeps (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+).

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4) Providence – Enjoying gains of six-tenths each are Cumulus Media mainstream CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” (8.5 – wpro-fm9.1, 6+) and Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” (7.0 – 7.6, 6+). The stations are unchanged at #2 and #4, respectively. This is the best 6+-stat for “Today’s Hit Music” since February (also 9.1). After three successive gains that yielded a cumulativewctk +1.2 (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), “Cat Country 98.1” returned all of it in August with a -1.2; July’s 8.2 was the best 6+-performance for “Cat Country” since last September’s 8.9. Following three successive declines (9.2 – 8.9 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “Providence’s Home of Rock and Roll” adds one-tenth to 8.5 (6+) and carries on at #3. Climbing from ninth to eighth, Entercom sports outlet WVEI (2.7, +.3, 6+) halts three straight declines that yielded a -1.1 (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). Over the course of six straight up or flat trends (.3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8 – .8, 6+) public WELH (steady at #11) nearly triples its 6+-stat. In addition to notching its third straight (modest) increase for a combined gain of one-half share (9.4 – 9.6 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” is #1 for the eleventh successive ratings period. A +.2 in July put an end to three consecutive downward trends totaling -2.7 (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); 9.4 in June was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite Rock” since November’s 8.7. A decline of one-half share takes talk cluster-mate WPRO-AM (steady at #7) to 4.1, its weakest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2013 (4.0), while co-owned similarly formatted WPRV (#13 to #12) is up for the fourth straight time (.2 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+), more than tripling its 6+-share. At 2.6 (6+) for the fourth successive report, rhythmic CHR sibling WWKX “Hot 106.3” moves from eighth to ninth.

5) Raleigh – The seesaw continues for iHeartMedia CHR WDCG, which is +.6 in July; -.6 in August; and now a whopping wdcg+1.3 in September (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 8.3, 6+), as “G-105” marches from fourth to second. It has been more than four years (8.4, July 2012) since “G-105” reached the eight-share level (6+). In back-to-back sweeps (April – May – May – June), “G-105” was off by a combined seven-tenths (7.7 – 7.2 – 7.0, 6+).wral Three-tenths ahead of it at #1 is Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5,” which dials up a +.9 to advance from #2 (7.7 – 8.6, 6+). Recent hefty monthly (6+) swings for “Mix” include +.5 October – November; +.6 November – December; +5.7 December – Holiday; -7.2 “Holiday” – January; +.6 January – February; +.6 February – March; -.6 March – April; +.5 April – May; +.5 June – July; and +.9 August – September. Departing the penthouse after four sweeps is Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy” (8.1 – 7.5, -.6, first to fourth, 6+). A +1.5 in May propelled “Foxy” from fourth to first and it remained there in June. “Foxy” was then deadlocked for the top spot in July with “Mix.” Showing a positive trend for the third time in a row netting a +1.2 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1” jumps from tenth to seventh with its finest 6+-showing since November 2015 (5.2). Owing to a +.5 to 3.1 (6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” (#15 to #14) halts five straight downward trends accounting for -2.3 or roughly -47% of its 6+-share (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Surrendering all but one-tenth of the combined +1.3 it recorded in July and August (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia FM talker WTKK (5.1, -1.2, 6+) drops from fifth to sixth. As a result of adding four-tenths in June, WTKK curtailed three straight downward trends which yielded a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). After increasing by six-tenths in August, Curtis Media Group’s WPTK “Just Right Radio” coughs up seven-tenths (1.1 – 1.7 – 1.0, 6+) to slide from #18 to #19. This represents the third consecutive decline (-1.6 total) for Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” (6.3 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), which slips from seventh to ninth. Entering the July sweep, “K-97.5” was without a decrease in five straight ratings periods for a cumulative +1.5 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Also regressing by one-half share and departing the top ten (#10 to #12) is Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” (4.1 – 3.6, 6+), which had been in the four-share range (6+) the past 11 monthlies.

6) Norfolk – In 2.5 – 2.9 territory (6+) March through August, Entercom hot AC WPTE improves by six-tenths to 3.1, the best wpte6+-share for “94.9 The Point – The Sound of Now” since February (3.3). Also up six-tenths is Saga Communications’ WNOR “FM 99” (5.1 – 5.7, 6+), which rises from fourth to third. Off by two-tenths (6+) in both June and July, WVKL “Smoothwnor-fm R&B From Yesterday & Today” rebounded in August with a +.7 and now adds two-tenths (11.8 – 12.5 – 12.7, 6+). The Entercom urban AC is #1 for the 52nd consecutive ratings period and has its strongest 6+-share since December 2015’s 13.0. The last time “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” was not in double-digits (6+) was when it registered a 9.8 in January 2014. This marks the ninth straight time that iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI trails WVKL in the runner-up slot; however, after August’s +.6, “Jamz 103” now drops seven-tenths (6.7 – 7.3 6.6, 6+). 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). Rhythmic hot AC sibling WMOV “MOViN 107.7” falters by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2, 6+) to slide from seventh to eighth. For the third 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 – The two loftiest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increases from the 12 PPM-markets in this overview can be wgfxfound in Nashville (and a +1.3 by Raleigh’s WDCG, see above). Not only does Cumulus Media-owned WGFX trot out a whopping +1.4 (4.0 – 5.4, 6+), “104.5 The Zone” rockets into the top ten (#12 to #6). A gain of two-tenths in August by Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” pulled the plug on seven straight downward trendswjxa (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. “Mix” piles on another +1.3 to 9.7 (6+) and is #1 for the 55th consecutive ratings period. The eight-tenths’ advantage it had over (runner-up) iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River” (7.6 – 7.7, +.1, 6+) in August expands to two full-shares. In 2.3 – 2.8 range (6+) the past six survey periods, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WLVU “K-LOVE” (unchanged at #15) rolls out a +.6 to 3.0, its strongest 6+-stat since February (3.1). Seven-tenths isn’t lucky for the three outlets that decline by that margin: Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “Nash Icon” (5.9, third to fourth, 6+); co-owned WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” (5.2, seventh to ninth, 6+); and Midwest Communications’ adult hits WCJK “Jack FM” (5.4, fifth to sixth, 6+). In June, “Nash Icon” registered its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9); added a +1.4 to 7.3 in July; but was -.7 in August. “Super Talk 99.7” was +1.3 in August and had been up or flat the past three monthlies (4.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.9, 6+); “Jack FM” faltered by seven-tenths in August. After recording a +.6 enabling it to reach a five-share (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history (5.0, 6+, August 2016), public WPLN forfeits that gain in its entirety and exits the top ten (#9 to #11). Without a decrease the past three ratings periods (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+), Cromwell alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” surrenders the combined one-half share gain and returns to 3.7 (6+, #11 to #12, 6+). Slipping from #17 to #18, Nashville Public Radio classical outlet WFCL (1.6, -.1, 6+) has its string of successive positive trends end at three (.7 – .9 – 1.2 – 1.7, 6+).

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8) Greensboro – While the net difference of the 6+-share of WQMG between January 2016 and August 2016 is just -.1 (8.2 wqmgversus 8.1, 6+), the path there has been quite noteworthy. Specifically, there have been three straight increases totaling +2.5, followed by three successive decreases (including a massive -1.3 in August) yielding a -2.6. The Entercom-owned urban AC answers back in September with a +1.1 to 9.2 (6+) and “The Best R&B and Old School” climbs from second to third. Inwmag advance of a June decrease, WQMG had a cumulative increase of three full-shares via six consecutive up or flat monthlies (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+). Whereas 10.7 was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7), the 8.1 (6+) in August is its weakest since “Holiday” 2015 (7.7). After July’s loss of seven-tenths, a market facility with similar call letters – iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG – eroded by an additional one-half share in August, but rebounds in September with a gain of seven-tenths (8.0 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 7.5, 6+), inching up from fifth to fourth. Sandwiching a June 4.8 (6+) between 4.7 shares (6+) in May and July, CHR sibling WMKS “100.3 Kiss FM The Triad’s Hit Music Station” (sixth to fifth) explodes with a combined +1.8 between August and September to 6.5, its strongest 6+-showing since August 2015 (6.9). The combination of a third straight improvement by Entercom rhythmic CHR WJMH “102 Jamz” (8.6 – 9.8 – 10.0 – 10.1, 6+) and back-to-back declines by adult hits cluster-mate WSMW “Simon” (10.9 – 10.5 – 8.7, 6+) results in “102 Jamz” marching from second to first and “Simon” skidding from the top spot  (which it held in June, July, and August) to third. The -1.8 by “Simon” is the steepest 6+ August 2016 – September 2016 decline by any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released on Thursday. “Simon” achieved double-digits three times previously (10.7, 10.5, and 10.1), but 10.9 in July was the best-ever 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Despite a one-half share dip, iHeartMedia’s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1” (7.0 – 6.5, fourth to fifth, 6+) has a 1.9-share lead over its rival – Entercom-owned WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” (4.5 – 4.6, +.1, steady at #7, 6+) – which is in 4.2 – 4.8 range (6+) for the eighth straight time. This marks the seventh successive sweep that Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101” is either (modestly) down or flat (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+). Moreover, it finishes at #11 as it has in each of those survey periods.

9) West Palm Beach – Not only does WRMF repeat at #1, it does so with an exclamation point of back-to-back spikes of +.8 in wrmfAugust and a +1.1 in September, elevating the Alpha Media hot AC to 9.1, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 9.3. 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+).wkgr Completely erasing August’s -.7, iHeartMedia classic rock WKGR “Gater 98.7” moves from fifth to fourth (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.9, +.7, 6+). Bettering their August stats by six-tenths each are CHR cluster-mate WLDI “WiLD 95.5” (seventh to fifth, 6+) and talk sibling WZZR (2.1 – 2.7, #12 to #9, 6+). This is the sixth successive up or flat monthly for WLDI (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+) and first time it has reached the four-share level (6+) since October 2014 (4.4). Sharp fluctuations continue for co-owned adult contemporary WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” (unchanged at #3), whose last three moves have been by +1.5 in July; -1.0 in August; and -.8 in September (6.0 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). The 7.5 in July was its highest 6+-stat since 7.7 in April 2015. Following three straight improvements that nearly doubled its 6+-share (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 2.2, 6+), talk WFTL returns August’s +.7 (1.5, -.7, 6) and skids from #11 to #13.

10) Jacksonville – It is a short (one month) stay at #1 for Cox Media Group-owned CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music wejzStation” as it sputters by seven-tenths to 8.6 (6+), while Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” improves by one-half share to 9.4 (6+). “Lite 96” rebounds from a robust -1.3 in August returning to the top (from #2) as WAPE (+.5 in August) shifts from first to third.wjgl Following back-to-back #2 performances, WAPE regressed by eight-tenths in June but answered with a +.9 in July. A fluctuation of 1.3 is familiar to “Lite” as it was -1.3 in June but shook it off with a +.8 in July. 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; 9.4 in June was its lowest 6+-share since December’s 9.2. Without a decrease going into August in three straight sweeps for a +1.5 (7.4 – 8.2 – 8.2 – 8.9, 6+) and notching its best-ever (6+) PPM-era stat (July’s 8.9), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL lost one-tenth. “96.9 The Eagle,” however, responds in September with a +.5 (8.9 – 8.8 – 9.3, 6+) and climbs from third to second. Moreover, it is the first time in its PPM-history that “The Eagle” has crossed the nine-share threshold (6+). Three consecutive (May – June – July) improvements gave Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE a combined +1.2 (4.9 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), but “99 Gator Country” surrendered virtually all that gain in August (6.1 – 5.0, -1.1, 6+) only to post a +.7 to 4.3 (6+) in September; it remains at #8. Owing to three consecutive declines (5.7 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “107.3 Jack-FM” erodes by -2.4 and falls from #11 to #12.

11) Memphis – Although flat at #8, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX “98.1 The Max” has netted over two full-shares via five wxmxstraight progressive trends (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+). Marching from sixth to fifth, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” records its third successive improvement (5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+) for a net gain of one full-share. Conversely, sibling WGKX is off for the third straight time (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+), but “Kix 106 Today’s Bestwmc-fm Country” remains at #9. Notwithstanding a -2.3 in four successive downtrends (12.5 – 11.6 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 10.2, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” is #1 for the seventh straight time. Its lead over the runner-up, Cumulus Medias WRBO, actually improves by one-tenth as “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” is down four-tenths (8.2 – 7.8, 6+). Trending 7.9 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.7 (6+) since May, Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” falters by six-tenths to 7.1 (6+), segueing from third to fourth. After back-to-back improvements that accounted for a +.9 (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” stumbles by one-half share to 5.5 (6+), sliding from fifth to seventh. Having registered four successive gains of one-tenth each (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), CHR cluster-mate KWNW “101.9 Kiss-FM” flounders by three-tenths to 1.4, but stays at #15.

12) Hartford – On top for 23 of the last 24 sweeps – including the past 15 – CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” whcnfalters by a stunning -1.1 (10.4 – 9.3, 6+) and drops to second-place. “Lite” had been in double-digits (6+) the past 13 ratings periods but it has its softest 6+-showing since August 2015, when it recorded an 8.7. A +.3 in April halted a three-month slide that resulted in a combined decline of nearly seven shares (17.8 – 12.1 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+). Taking over at the top is iHeartMedia-ownedwtic-fm WWYZ “Country 92-5,” which ironically is down four-tenths (to 9.7, 6+) thus curtailing 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 past three sweeps. Gaining seven-tenths each and remaining at fifth and sixth, respectively, are co-owned classic hits-oldies WHCN-FM “105.9 The River” (6.6 – 7.3, 6+) and CBS Radio hot AC WTIC-FM (6.3 – 7.0, 6+). It is the best 6+-stat for “The River” since March (7.9). Even though it remains at #11, Connoisseur Media talker WDRC-AM registers a +.1 (to .5) and ends four straight reports without an increase (.8 – .7 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+).

kmjmiHeartMedia Flips KMJM, St Louis from Rhythmic Oldies to Hip Hop as ‘100.3 The Beat.’  In addition to flipping KMJM from rhythmic oldies to hip hop, iHeartMedia St. Louis adds the nationally syndicated morning show “The Breakfast Club” to the lineup.  iHeartMedia St. Louis president Beth Davis says, “We’ve listened to the fans of hip hop and R&B in St. Louis who have been asking for a true hip hop and R&B station with a stronger connection to the local urban community and a morning show that really fits with their lifestyle.”  The rest of day’s lineup is: Tammie Holland from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Osei from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, T-Roy from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Michaelae from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, and Roxy from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.

iHeartMedia’s Tim Herbster Elevated to SVP of Programming for the Pacific Northwest.  Taking on a larger role within iHeartMedia is Tim Herbster, a.k.a. Romeo, host of “Most Requested Live with Romeo” herbstertimand “The iHeartRadio Countdown” shows.  Herbster is taking on the senior vice president of programming position for the company’s Pacific Northwest Region.  He’ll also program CHR KKRZ “Z100” and hip hop KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” in Portland.  He’ll be responsible for programming in five markets, including Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Fairbanks, and Anchorage, Alaska.  iHeartMedia EVP of programming, West Division Andrew Jeffries says, “Tim’s smart, creative and calculated in his approach to programming stations.  He’s also great with talent – as he’s still filling that role each week on his national show – which gives him a unique perspective and interaction with people.  We’re extremely excited to integrate him with our exceptional teams in the Pacific Northwest Region as they begin the next chapter with our products.”

Mike Vincent Appointed OM at Cumulus Melbourne.  Programmer Mike Vincent has been withvincentmike Cumulus Media as PD and afternoon jock at country WSJR, Wilkes-Barre “NASH FM 93.7” but he’s heading south to take on the operations manager position at the company’s four-station cluster in Melbourne, Florida.  Vincent will directly program CHR WAOA.  The other stations in the cluster are country WHKR, classic rock WROK, and sports talk WLZR-AM.

Chris Stewart Named PD at Alpha Media’s Hip Hop ‘WE 96-3’ in Portland.  This is a promotion for Chris “Lucky The DJ” Stewart who moves from Alpha Media’s Peoria cluster where he’s been stewartchrisprogramming and hosting afternoons at WNGY “G102.3” and serving as OM for WXCL.  Now, Stewart moves to Portland to program new hip hop outlet KWEE “WE 96-3.”  Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “It has been years since an authentic, unique, and original hip hop station has been in such a large market.  Much like the station, Chris is an authentic, unique, and original programmer. WE are ‘Lucky’ to promote him from within the nation’s fastest growing media company.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Indiana RadioWatch’s Blaine Thompson reports that on Monday (10/3), Ray Grossman succeeds the late Tom Berg as host of the morning drive show on Kankakee Valley Broadcasting’s hot AC WKVI, Knox, Indiana “K99.3.”  During his career, Grossman has served at South Bend signals WNDV and WAOR, among others…..Alpha Media Hagerstown-Chambersburg promotes Ed Dorsey to VP/market manager for the cluster that includes WHAG-AM, WCHA-AM, WCHA-FM, WIKZ-FM, WQCM-FM, and WDLD-FM. Dorsey moves up from the director of sales position.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  This holiday season will see the return of iHeartMedia’s “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” tour.  This year’s title sponsor is Capital One.  The lineup of artists will be released on October 11 but, so far, Charlie Puth, Daya, Fifth Harmony and Diplo will be performing at select stops.  Tour stops will include: Dallas; San Francisco/San Jose; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; Tampa and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.   Sponsors include: Allstate Insurance Company, Macy’s, Mondelez International, The CW Network, and Verizon.  Multimarket partners include: Ulta Beauty…..SiriusXM is broadcasting live performances and interviews from the annual Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas that gets underway today (9/30) and runs through Sunday on it’s The Highway channel.  Artists performing include: Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Jana Kramer, William Michael Morgan, Aaron Lewis, Aubrie Sellers, Billy Currington, LoCash and many more.  Additionally, SiriusXM personalities Storme Warren, Buzz Brainard and Al Skop will also be interviewing artists backstage.

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The Yappy Tour Rolls On.   Former radio talk show producer-turned-author Bernadette Duncan recently brought her “Yappy Tour” to the massive Western Massachusetts audience of classic rocker WAQY-FM, Springfield “Rock 102” by appearing as a guest on the very popular “Bax & O’Brien” morning talk show to discuss her buzz-worthy book, Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books, 2016).  The book 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. Above, Duncan (c) is pictured with hosts John O’Brien (l) and Mike “Bax” Baxendale (r).  Duncan’s national “Yappy Tour” will roll on through the remainder of the year.  She has already appeared on more than 25 local and syndicated programs.  Hosts and shows interested in booking Bernadette Duncan can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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CBS Corp. Announces $1.46 Billion Debt Financing.  This has been revealed in the radio trades and in financial news sources but now CBS makes it official with a press statement.  The company says that “in connection with its previously announced intention to separate its radio business, CBS Radio Inc. plans to offer cbsradio-logo$460 million of senior unsecured notes and to enter into a $1 billion senior secured term loan, in each case, subject to market and other conditions.  CBS expects that substantially all of the net proceeds from both the notes offering and the term loan will be distributed to CBS.  The remaining net proceeds not used for such distribution will be used by CBS Radio for general corporate purposes and ongoing cash needs.”  This is not a sale to the public.  As CBS reminds us, “The notes will be offered and sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers in the United States pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933…the notes to be offered have not been registered under the Securities Act, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.”

Cynthia Fox Named Afternoon Host at ‘100.3 The Sound’ in Los Angeles.  Southern California radio legend Cynthia Fox is joining Entercom’s classic rock KSWD, Los Angeles “100.3 The Sound” as afternoonfoxcynthia drive personality.  The company says that Fox’s joining the station adds to a “powerful roster of iconic kswd-logoclassic rock radio deejays including Uncle Joe Benson and Rita Wilde.”  Station vice president and general manager Peter Burton comments, “Having Cynthia join legendary DJs Uncle Joe Benson and Rita Wilde on ‘The Sound’ is part of our long-term strategy to deliver the kind of exciting FM rock radio that listeners grew up with.”  Fox began her radio career at age 18 on the legendary AOR outlet KMET.  She’s also worked at the former KLSX-FM and KLOS in LA.  She also serves with KCET-TV where she frequently conducts artist interviews and hosts pledge drives.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  KBEQ, Kansas City program director Mike Kennedy is retiring from thekennedymike station and the radio biz after a 40-year career.  Kennedy started his radio career in 1976 at KVOE, Emporia, Kansas.  He’s been with Steel City Media’s country KBEQ since 1991…..The United Stations Radio Networks-syndicated “Lex & Terry Morning Show” returns to the Jacksonville market on iHeartMedia’s W247CF “97.3 Planet Radio.”  The show was also recently added to KKZQ, Tehachapi, California and KRRO, Sioux Falls…..Alyssa Haberman is the new midday personality at Entercom’s alternative KBZT, San Diego, effective Monday (10/3)…..Nashville morning personality Savannah Grimm is adding music director duties to her responsibilities at iHeartMedia’s WRVW “107.5 The River.”  She’ll continue her role on the station’s morning show…..At Pamal’s triple A WXPK, White Plains, New York, morning host Chris “Coach” Rodriguez adds assistant program director responsibilities.

SiriusXM Launches Innovative Channel Dedicated to Talk About Music.  The satcaster is dubbing it “VOLUME” and calls it “the first-ever 24/7 talk radio channel dedicated to music — its latest news, raging controversies, and non-stop debates – as the focus of the conversation.”  The channel will consist of daily shows, artist interviews, weekly specials, a music trivia game show, album reviews, and an in-depth docuseries and more siriusxmdealing with all genres of popular music.  SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein says, “Sirius XM has millions of loyal music fans nationwide and now we are giving those fans a place where they can talk about the music they love.  VOLUME will have a deep, all-star roster of talent bringing that conversation only to SiriusXM.  It’s yet another example of SiriusXM delivering unique and exciting content to our subscribers.  Roger Coletti is the executive producer of this channel and his extensive music expertise makes him the ideal person for this ground-breaking channel.”  Some of the shows that will appear on and after the October 17 launch include: live, morning talk show “Feedback” with Nik Carter and veteran magazine editor, entertainment journalist and author Lori Majewski; “Trunk Nation” with DJ Eddie Trunk, who’ll host Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on the debut show; “Debatable” with Mark Goodman and former Spin and Vibe editor and author Alan Light; “Written in My Soul with Bill Flanagan” featuring a series of interviews with legendary musicians, including Robert Plant and Paul Simon; “Rolling Stone Music Now” hosted by Rolling Stone executive editor Nathan Brackett; “Rap Radar Report” hosted by journalist and TV producer Elliott Wilson; “Melissa’s Basement” with Melissa Etheridge (guests booked include David Crosby, Pat Benatar, and Steve Cropper); “Never Meet Your Heroes” with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian; “True Stories with Kurt Loder”; “The Album Review Show” featuring YouTube star Anthony Fantano; music trivia game “70s 80s 90s Now” with host Jim Shearer; and “The Last of The …” with Ryan Duffy, a journalist, producer and entrepreneur, who will examine the changing landscape in the world of music and tech.

nielsen-logoRound Three of September PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of Nielsen Audio‘s September 2016 PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen’s September 2016 PPM survey period covered August 11 – September 7.  View the ratings from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Portland – Frozen on 1.7 (6+) in April, May, and June – KMHD dropped one-half share in July; added two-tenths in kkrzAugust; and now rings up a +.6 to 2.0, the first time it has reached the two-share barrier in more than six years (2.2, June 2010). The public jazz outlet inches up from #20 to #19. Down or flat the past three sweeps for a combined -.6 (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KKRZkkcw “Z-100” registers a gain of one-half share to 5.3 (6+), jumping from ninth to sixth. In addition to being up for the third successive time for a combined +1.5 (7.1 – 7.6 – 8.3 – 8.6, 6+), adult contemporary sibling KKCW “K-103” is #1 for the 27th time in the last 29 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+); in June, “K-103” suffered a massive -1.6 to 7.1, its lowest 6+-share in two years (6.6, June 2014). In a 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.5 (6+) ping-pong pattern April through August, co-owned rhythmic CHR KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” erodes by nine-tenths to 2.6, spiraling from #13 to #17. Despite having its fifth straight sweep without a decrease for a combined +1.3 since April (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything” segues from a three-way tie at #6 to sole possession of #7. Declining by six-tenths each are Alpha Media triple A KINK “101.9 Uniquely Portland” (4.0 – 3.4, #11 to #12, 6+) and Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” (#16 to #18). September’s -.6 wipes out a gain of one-half share recorded in August by “The Fish,” when it had its best 6+-share since January. The market’s two FM country outlets both have back-to-back losses: Entercom’s KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf – Great Country for the Great Northwest” (third to fourth) is trending 6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 (6+), while Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull” (sixth to eighth) is 5.5 – 5.0 – 4.9 (6+).

2) Charlotte – In 5.1 – 5.9 (6+) territory the past 13 sweeps, Beasley Media Group urban AC WBAV “V-101.9” explodes with wbava +.9 to 6.8 (6+), advancing from fourth to third. By logging a +.3 to 4.1 (6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate WKQC “K-104.7” (tenth to ninth) halts three consecutive downward trends that yielded a -1.3 (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). Co-owned WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” has been deadlocked at #1 withwrfx iHeartMedia classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” in July and August. That matter gets resolved in September though, as “The Fox” breaks out a one-half share increase to 7.8 – its best 6+-share since July 2014 (also 7.8) – and takes sole possession of the top spot. Off one-tenth to 7.2 (6+), “Country’s Greatest Hits” – which occupied the #1 spot the first four months of the year before dropping to third-place in May – now shifts to second. It is a much steeper fall though for iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country,” which flounders by -1.4 (6.0 – 4.6, 6+), sliding from third to sixth. This is the weakest 6+-showing for “The Kat” since “Holiday” 2013 (4.3, 6+). In addition to “The Fox,” Beasley Media Group CHR WNKS “95.1 Kiss FM” also improves by one-half share (3.8 – 4.3, tenth to seventh, 6+). Before its -.7 in August, “Kiss” had been up the previous three sweeps for a combined +1.2 (3.3 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+); July’s 4.5 was its strongest 6+-share in one year (5.5, July 2015). Following four successive sweeps without an increase that produced a -1.1 (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO adds two-tenths to 4.2 (6+), as “102.9 The Lake” climbs from ninth to eighth. In four straight increases (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+), WDAV is a combined +1.4, as the Davidson College classical outlet advances from #13 to #12.

3) Pittsburgh – Ousted from the top spot in August after six consecutive months there, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies wwswWWSW “3WS” rebounds from a -.5 with a gain of nine-tenths (10.2 – 9.7 – 10.6, 6+) and returns to #1. It succeeds rock cluster-mate WDVE (10.1 – 9.9, -.2, 6+), which takes over at #2. The -.2 in September by WDVE halts its string of positive or flat trends at five (8.7 – 8.8 – 8.8 – 9.2 – 9.8 – 10.3, 6+). Up a cumulative +1.6 between March and August, WDVE – in August – registered itskdka-fm most potent 6+-share since November’s 10.9. On the strength of a +.6 to 7.6, CBS Radio‘s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” (fifth to fourth) has its strongest 6+showing since October’s 10.1. Owing to a -.4 in August, co-owned WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s Country” had its string of successive gains – which netted “Y-108” two full-shares – halted at three (5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+). Even though it is off by another six-tenths, “Y-108” continues at #7. Its format competitor – iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 – Pittsburgh’s #1 for New Country” – shakes off a -.9 in August with a +.3 (3.7 – 4.0, 6+) and is steady at #10. After seven successive sweeps without a decrease for a cumulative +1.8 (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.3, 6+), “Big 104.7” lost two-tenths in June and added one-half share in July before stumbling by nine-tenths in August. Stymied at 5.6 (6+) in May and June and then on 3.4 (6+) in July and August, alternative sibling WXDX “105.9 The X” regresses by one-half share to 2.9 but carries on at #11.

4) Sacramento – For the past eight survey periods, CBS Radio-owned KNCI has registered a 6+-share in the 4.1 – 4.7 range, but knci“New Country 105.1” lets loose with a +1.1 (4.7 – 5.8, 6+). Rather than being in a three-way tie at #4 (as was the case in August), it now has that spot all to itself. KNCI last crossed the five-share level (6+) exactly one year ago with a 5.1 in September 2015. Showing off gains of seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia talker KSTE (3.2 –kdnd 3.9, #11 to #9, 6+); Entravision Spanish adult hits KXSE “Jose 104.3” (2.3, #18 to #16, 6+); and Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KGRB “Radio Lazer 94-3” (1.0 – 1.7, #20 to #19, 6+). Up an impressive nine-tenths in August, KSTE had been without an increase the previous four sweeps for a -.7 (3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3, 6+). “Jose” was frozen on 1.6 (6+) in July and August, while the May through August pattern for “Radio Lazer” was .9 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.0 (6+). Although it backslides from fourth to fifth, Entercom CHR KDND “107.9 The End” is without a decrease for the sixth straight time (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+) and has its highest 6+-share since last September’s 4.8. After consecutive downtrends (in May and June) that produced a -1.2 (10.6 – 9.8 – 9.4, -.4, 6+), classic rock cluster-mate KSEG posted a +.9 in July. “The Eagle” has dipped four-tenths in both August and September (10.3 – 9.9 – 9.5, 6+), but is #1 for the eighth straight ratings period. 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. Holding the dubious distinction of having the second highest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 drop-off of any station in the 36 PPM-markets whose data has been released thus far, CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” (7.6 – 5.9, -1.7, 6+) nonetheless remains in third-place; 5.9 is its lowest 6+-showing since November (also 5.9). “Mix” had been up or flat the past four sweeps (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.1 – 7.6 – 7.6, 6+). Prior to June, “Mix” finished third the previous four survey periods. For the record, the greatest (6+) loss thus far is -2.7 by Greater Media Detroit urban-rhythmic oldies WMGC “The Bounce” (see Wednesday’s “Takeaways” column). Following a strong +.8 in August, iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid KFBK falters by a lofty -1.4 (8.1 – 6.7, 6+) but stays in the runner-up slot. 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. Also in that cluster, urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL is down or flat for the third straight time (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+) for a net loss of eight-tenths and “V-101” departs the top ten (#9 to #13). Going back to January and including its current September stat, the extremely consistent 6+-line for Entravision-owned country KNTY is 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1; “101.9 The Wolf” dips from #17 to #18.

5) San Antonio – As is so often the case in this Texas market, country is the headline as Cox Media Group‘s KCYY “Y-100” kcyy(6.6 – 7.2, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned KAJA “KJ-97” (5.5 – 6.1, 6+) are each up by six-tenths. They remain at #2 and #3, respectively. Ironically, both of these country rivals has its highest 6+-share since last November, 7.2 for “Y-100,” and 6.1 for “KJ-kaja97,” which had been in the five-share range the past ten sweeps. Improving by one-half share each are Cox Media Group’s KISS “Rocks San Antonio” (5.1 – 5.6, seventh to fourth, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1” (3.9 – 4.4, #12 to #9, 6+). KISS has its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2015, when it reached 5.8. Unchanged at #24, Texas Public Radio classical outlet KPAC picks up one-tenth to .9 (6+), thus ending three straight declines for a cumulative loss of one full-share (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.4 – .8, 6+). Returning the three-tenths it gained in August (8.3 – 8.6 – 8.3, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM is #1 for the ninth straight sweep. Before dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” 2015 report, KONO-FM was #1 in 17 of the previous 22 monthlies. Following an increase of nine-tenths in August, iHeartMedia talker WOAI relinquishes all of it plus one-tenth (4.3 – 5.2 – 4.2, -1.0, 6+) to freefall from the top ten (#6 to #11). The +.9 in August ended three straight declines for WOAI (5.2 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+), wiping out the -.9 in that stretch. Meanwhile, Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” is in a somewhat situation as it forfeits one-half share of the +.6 it posted in August (4.5 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+) to drop from seventh to eighth. After three consecutive gains resulting in a combined +1.4 (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 5.0, 6+), Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3 – Today’s Best Music” dips by three-tenths to 4.7 (6+), yet advances from ninth to seventh. The last time “Magic” reached the five-share level (6+) was April 2014 (5.8).

6) Cincinnati – Powered by a robust +1.3 (4.5 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WEBN “Cincinnati’s Rock Station for 40 webnYears” zooms from tenth to fifth. The last time WEBN reached the five-share level (6+) was in October 2015 (5.2, 6+). It has been almost like clockwork to see talk sibling WLW “The Big One” at #1, only yielding the position in each “Holiday” report to Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warmwgrr 98.” Things have changed lately though as another Cumulus Media outlet – classic hits-oldies WGRR “103.5 WGRR” – grabbed the market’s 6+ bragging rights in July. WLW returned to the top in August, but with a whopping +1.2 (8.6 – 9.8, 6+), WGRR (up from #3 in August) recaptures the title from the Cincinnati Reds’ flagship, which erodes by one full-share (9.2 – 8.2, 6+). Before the September gain, WGRR posted three successive negative trends resulting in a cumulative -1.7 (10.3 – 9.8 – 9.3 – 8.6, 6+). It is the first time that WLW – tied for second with Hubbard Broadcasting country WUBE “B-105” (8.9 – 8.2, -.7, 6+) – falls below a nine-share (6+) since March 2014 (8.8). As for “B-105,” a gigantic +1.3 in August put an end to three straight downward trends which resulted in a net loss of one full-share (8.6 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 7.6, 6+); 8.9 was its best 6+-stat since 9.3 in October 2015. Commencing with the “Holiday” 2015 report, “B-105” put together four straight up-trends (5.9 – 6.1 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 8.6, 6+). Also in the country format, Cumulus Media’s WNNF “94.1 Nash FM” (#13 to #14) sputters by one-half share (3.2 – 2.7, 6+). In August, its string of up or flat trends (a combined +1.5) ended at seven (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+). Owing to a +.1 to 1.2 (6+), another country outlet, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WYGY “97.3 The Wolf” (steady at #18), ends six straight sweeps without an increase (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+). Following four successive progressive trends that nearly doubled its 6+-share since April (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WKRC (a mammoth +1.4 in August) falters by nine-tenths to 5.8 (6+), sliding from fourth to fifth. Off by one-half share in August, CHR sibling WKFS “Kiss 107” erodes by another eight-tenths in September (5.9 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+) to drop from sixth to ninth.

7) Cleveland – No other station in the 36 PPM-markets whose data has been released this week notches a more potent 6+ August wgar2016 – September 2016 increase than iHeartMedia‘s WGAR (6.3 – 8.2, +1.9, 6+) with “Cleveland’s Country” progressing from sixth to third. Moreover, it is the strongest 6+-performance for WGAR since August 2015 (8.8). Also noteworthy is that “Cleveland’s Country” faltered by nine-tenths in August, after sandwiching a 7.5 (6+, June) between 7.2-shares (6+) in May andwqal July. Consistent May through August (5.2 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC WQAL “Q-104 Plays the Hits” climbs from tenth to ninth by dialing up a +.9 to 6.0, its highest 6+-share since May 2015 (also 6.0, 6+). Unchanged at #12, co-owned WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” trots out a +.6 to 3.3 (6+), halting three consecutive down or flat trends for a combined -1.4 (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 2.7, 6+). Conversely, a loss of seven-tenths to 10.8 (6+) by iHeartMedia-owned WMJI brings to a close five straight gains for a cumulative +1.2 (10.3 – 10.7 – 10.9 – 11.3 – 11.4 – 11.5, 6+). Nonetheless, “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” is #1 for the ninth successive sweep. By posting a +.4 in April, WMJI halted three consecutive downward trends (12.3 – 11.5 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 10.7, 6+). After three straight increases netting a +1.5 (4.6 – 5.5 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), CHR sibling WAKS sputters by eight-tenths to 5.3 (6+) as “96.5 Kiss FM” drops from seventh to tenth. Declining by one-half share each are adult hits cluster-mate WHLK “106.5 The Lake” (8.9 – 8.4, 6+) and CBS Radio adult contemporary and classic rock siblings WDOK “Star 102” (7.3, third to fourth, 6+) and WNCX “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” (6.8 – 6.3, fifth to sixth, 6+). Racking up four straight monthlies without a decrease (6.6 – 6.8 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+), “The Lake” dropped three-tenths in July but posted a +.8 in August; it is in the runner-up slot for the fourth consecutive report. Recent 6+-trends for “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” are +.7 (June); -.7 (July); +.6 (August); and -.5 (September). “Star” notched a 7.8 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps.

8) Salt Lake City – While the August tie at #1 is broken in September, it is still an exceptionally close race between Capital kbznBroadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” (6.7 – 7.1, +.4, steady at #1) and Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3 – Better Music Better Work Day” (+.3, #1 to #2). Despite segueing to the runner-up slot, “FM 100.3” (#1 in “Holiday” 2015 with a 15.6, 6+) registers its fourth straight gain (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 7.0, 6+). Theksfi rollercoaster ride continues meanwhile for co-owned classic hits-oldies KRSP “103.5 The Arrow,” which zoomed from seventh to first in July. Its three most recent 6+-trends are +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); and +.7 in September (5.4 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 6.2, fifth to fourth, 6+). Unchanged at #22, KSOP-AM “Classic Country AM 1370” registers a +.2 to 1.2 (6+), thus curtailing five straight down or flat trends that produced a -.9 (1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.0, 6+). Displaying identical 5.2 – 4.6, -.6, seventh to eighth (6+) moves are iHeartMedia talk and classic hits-oldies siblings KNRS and KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits.” A +.3 in July by KNRS (followed by a +.6 in August) stopped five successive negative trends which resulted in a combined -1.5 (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.3, 6+). This is the third consecutive decline for “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” (6.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+) for a cumulative loss of two full-shares. In addition to KNRS and KODJ, Broadway Media CHR KUDD “Mix 105.1 – All The Hits” is also down by six tenths. “Mix” was down one-half share in August (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.2, 6+) and slips from ninth to tenth.

9) Las Vegas – Off a combined nine-tenths in July and August, Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “Radio ksosFor Life” regains all of it (5.4 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 5.4, +.9, 6+) to advance from sixth to fourth. Without an increase the past five survey periods for a cumulative -1.5 since March (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” dials up a +.8 to 5.1 (seventh to fifth, 6+). Following three straight downward trends netting a combined -2.4 (8.1 – 7.4 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporaryksne KSNE “Sunny 106.5” posts a +.7 to 6.4 (6+) and climbs from third to second. Until July, “Sunny” was on top for 22 straight monthlies. Gaining one-half share each are Lotus classic rock KXPT “97.1 The Point” (5.8 – 6.3, second to third, 6+); Univision Radio regional Mexican KISF “Zona MX 103.5” (4.0 – 4.5, tenth to seventh, 6+); and CBS Radio talk KXNT (1.9, #20), which was trending 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 (6+). Owing to a -.1 in August, “The Point” was down for the first time since January (4.4 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.9, 6+); it was a combined +1.5 in that timeframe. In the runner-up slot six straight months before advancing to #1 in July, Beasley Media Group‘s classic hits-oldies KKLZ is on top for the third consecutive time. After a +.1.0 in July and +.9 in August, however, it regresses by -.7 (5.5 – 6.5 – 7.4 – 6.7, 6+); 7.4 was the best 6+-showing for KKLZ in more than four years (7.5, July 2012). In three successive up-trends totaling +2.2 (1.5 – 2.2 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+), KRGT “Latino Mix 99.3” has more than doubled its 6+-share, but the Univision Radio Spanish contemporary coughs up exactly half of that gain (2.2, -1.1, 6+) and spirals from #12 to #16. Up or flat in four straight ratings periods including back-to-back increases of +.9 and +1.1 (April and May) before a -1.1 in June, Lotus-owned KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” bounced back with a +1.0 in July but was -.9 in August. The wild fluctuations continue with a -.8 in September (3.8 – 3.0, #11 to #12, 6+). On the heels of a lofty -1.3 in August, iHeartMedia’s KWNR erodes by another seven-tenths (5.6 – 4.3 – 3.6, 6+) to slide from seventh to tenth. Prior to August, “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country” had three successive progressive trends netting a +2.2 (3.4 – 3.9 – 5.2 – 5.6, 6+). In its final monthly as a CHR, co-owned KPLV (now adult hits “The Mountain”) declines by six-tenths (2.0 – 1.4, 6+) and departs the top 20 (#20 to #21). Regressing by one-half share each are Beasley Media Group’s KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” (3.2 – 2.7, unchanged at #14, 6+) and University of Nevada jazz outlet KUNV, which posted a +.6 in August (.4 – 1.0 – .5, #22 to #26, 6+).

10) Kansas City – Having replicated -.6 losses in July and August, Entercom‘s KCSP “610 Sports” not only responds with kcspan increase of eight-tenths (4.7 – 4.1 – 3.5 – 4.3, 6+), it returns to the top ten (#15 to #9). Up or flat for the fourth straight time yielding a cumulative +1.1 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+), talk sibling KMBZ-AM is steady at #18. One-half share separates the market’s three FM country outlets. Steel City Media‘s KBEQ “Q-104 #1 for New Country” is up two-tenths to 4.3 (tenth to ninth,krfx 6+); co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1” gains four-tenths (3.8 – 4.2, #13 to #11, 6+); and Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” declines by one-tenth (3.9 – 3.8, #13, 6+). Things remain razor close at the top between Cumulus Media classic rock and classic hits-oldies siblings KCFX “The Fox” (7.2 – 7.3, +.1, #1 for the fifth straight time) and KCMO-FM “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits,” which improves for the third successive sweep for a combined +1.9 (5.3 – 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.2, #2). “The Fox” dropped two-tenths in August, thus bringing to a close four successive up or flat monthlies yielding a +1.5 (5.9 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). When KCMO-FM registered a -.9 in June to 5.3 (6+), it ended a successive string of four up or flat trends (5.2 – 5.4- 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+). Locked on 4.1 (6+) in July and August, CHR sibling KCHZ “All the Hits 95.7 The Vibe” flounders by eight-tenths to 3.3, its lowest 6+-share since January’s 3.1, plummeting from #10 to #16.

11) Orlando – Over and above registering back-to-back increases, iHeartMedia CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” progresses from second to wxxlfirst on the strength of a whopping +1.5 to 10.4, its best-ever (6+) performance in the PPM-era. Dislodged from #1 and segueing to #2 is Spanish tropical sibling WRUM, flat at 9.5 (6+) following a -.9 in August. Racking up gains of seven-tenths each are adult contemporary cluster-mate WMGF “Magic 107.7” and Cox Mediawmgf Group country outlet WWKA “K-92.3” (4.0 – 4.7, #12 to #10, 6+). Over the course of the past 13 sweeps, “Magic 107.7” (8.0, steady at #3, 6+) is trending +.5 (October); -1.0 (November); +1.6 (December); +5.2 (“Holiday” 2015); -4.7 (January); -1.2 (February); +1.3 (March); +.7 (April); +.6 (May); -.8 (June); -1.1 (July); -.4 (August); and +.7 (September). Meanwhile, “K92.3” has its best 6+-showing since November 2015’s 5.0. In 4.0 – 4.5 range (6+) the past six survey periods, CBS Radio CHR WQMP “Amp” falters by eight-tenths (4.3 – 3.5, 6+) moving from #11 to #12. It has been a yo-yo effect lately for WCFB “Star 94.5,” which declined by a combined -1.4 in March and April; rebounded with back-to-back gains of +.6 in May and June; was -.5 in July; and posted a +1.1 in August. Now in September, the Cox Media Group urban AC is -.7 as “Star” slides from fifth to sixth. After the dust settles, “Star” is down three-tenths from February (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.4 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 6.6 – 5.9, 6+). Eroding by six-tenths each are its rhythmic CHR sibling WPYO “Power 95.3” (4.7, eighth to tenth, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WTKS-HD2 (1.7 – 1.1, #16 to #17, 6+). “Power 95.3” had been without a decrease the past four survey periods for a combined +1.8 (3.5 – 3.5 – 4.6 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+).

12) Columbus – Two outlets in Ohio’s capital city improve their August 2016 6+-stat by an impressive +1.1: Radiohio‘s WBNS-wbns-fmFM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” (eighth to sixth, 6+) and Radio One‘s rhythmic CHR WCKX “Power 107.5” (4.8, ninth to seventh, 6+). This represents the third straight gain for “The Fan” (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 5.1, 6+) and its highest 6+-share since January (also 5.1); “Power” had been down or flat the past three survey periods for a cumulative -.6 (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+). While unchanged at #14, Saga Communications classic hits-oldieswckx WNND notches a +.2 to 2.0 (6+) to apply the brakes to three successive declines which eroded “Rewind” by 40% since May (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 1.8, 6+). The combined 6+ August 2016 total of iHeartMedia CHR WNCI (12.1) and co-owned country WCOL (11.8) was 23.9. The two stations retain their #1 and #2 rankings, respectively, but the total shrinks by -2.4 to 21.5 as WNCI is 11.1 (-1.0, 6+) and WCOL is 10.4 (-1.4, 6+). It is the lowest 6+-figure for WCOL since “Holiday” 2015 (8.0). Nevertheless, it is the ninth straight time they have occupied the top two spots and eighth successive ratings period each logs double-digits (6+). Off by six-tenths in August, Saga Communications classic rock WLVQ “Q-FM 96” flounders by another eight-tenths (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.2, 6+) as it slips from fourth to fifth. Before the -.6 in August, “Q-FM 96” put together four successive gains for a cumulative +2.3 (4.3 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). Following an eight-tenths’ improvement in August to 2.7, its best 6+share since September 2015’s 2.9, iHeartMedia alternative WXZX “105.7 The X” forfeits seven-tenths to 2.0 (6+) and skids from #11 to #14. Down in four successive sweeps (4.4 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+) and finishing #13 in June, contemporary Christian WCVO “Uplifting & Encouraging 104.9 The River” was unlisted in July and August, but reappears in September at #12 (2.4, 6+).

podcastone-bPodcastOne Launches ‘Too $hort’s Boombox.’  The Norm Pattiz-founded platform PodcastOne is debuting “Too $hort’s Boombox,” with Bobby Loco.  The weekly podcast will feature conversations with Too $hort’s celebrity friends, social media influencers, moguls, and a wide variety of interesting and influential guests.  Each episode will also showcase exclusive Too $hort music. The first episode of the show was released yesterday (9/28) and featured special guest Ice Cube.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The Radio One companies – Reach Media, One Solution, TV One, and Interactive One – are providing more than $250,000 of donated media and services as a media sponsor of Smithsonian’sradioonelogo National Museum of African American History & Culture that officially opened on Saturday (9/24).  Radio One and NMAAHC joined forces to launch the campaign, “A People’s Journey A Nation’s Story.” The campaign is filled with compelling creative, designed for effective radio, television, digital and social execution through TV One, Interactive One, Reach Media and One Solution.  Beginning in early September at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Florida, NMAAHC reached over 50,000 attendees.  The museum also launched its NMAAHC Giving Day, a 24-hour, online social media driven campaign to encourage donations to support future programming and exhibitions…..WSIX-FM, Nashville “The BIG 98” is announcing the fourth annual “Battle For The Bones,” a live concert that will raise funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s For The Linds (FTL) Sarcoma Fund.  The event will take place on October 28 at Cannery Row on three stages: The Cannery Ballroom, The Mercy Lounge and The High Watt.  FTL Sarcoma Fund was founded in 2013 in honor of Lindsay Walleman, regional promotion manager at Warner Music Nashville, who lost the battle against sarcoma at the age of 28.  The foundation seeks to expand national awareness as well as support research for the disease.  Last year, “The BIG 98” raised over $23,000 for the FTL Sarcoma Fund.  This year’s lineup includes live performances by country recording artists Chase Rice, Luke Combs, Brett Young, DJ Sinister, LoCash, Michael Tyler, and Craig Campbell with more to be announced…..KSCS, San Antonio morning host Hawkeye, a.k.a. Mark Louis Rybczyk, has published a new book about his hometown of San Antonio.  The book “examines some of the city’s internationally known legends and lore (including ghost stories) and takes a nostalgic look at landmarks that have disappeared. Introducing the city’s characters and unusual features, Hawkeye debunks local myths and corrects common misconceptions to create a unique portrait of a city on the rise.”…..The “Café Mocha” radio show – branded as “Radio from a Woman’s Perspective” that airs Saturday mornings on Emmis’ urban AC WBLS, New York is hosting its 5th annual “Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Awards” presented by Toyota.  The event “celebrates a diverse array of women who are making a difference in their respective communities.”  Eight trailblazers will be honored at MIST Harlem on Thursday, October 13.  The event will support New York and New Jersey local domestic violence shelters via the Mocha Cares Foundation…..SummitMedia Birmingham stations WBHK, WAGG, and WBHJ organized a fundraiser to help relieve the balance of funeral expenses for the family of Rodriquez Ferguson – a 4-year-old who was shot and killed on his grandmother’s porch on September 25.  SummitMedia  started the fund with $1,000 and with the help of radio station listeners, they exceeded the goal of $2,000 to pay the balance of funeral expenses.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

| September 28, 2016

ppmunitRound Two of September PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of September 2016 PPM ratings information from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s September survey period covered August 11 – September 7. You can 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.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Washington, D.C. – Without an increase in the last three sweeps – including a hefty loss of one full-share in August (3.9 – weta3.9 – 3.5 – 2.5, 6+) – Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications classical WETA responds with a +.7 to 3.2 (6+), jumping from #17 to #13. Also advancing by seven-tenths is iHeartMedia-owned WBIG “Big 100 Washington’s Classic Rock”wbig (3.5 – 4.2, 6+), which climbs from eighth to seventh. While both stations that were tied at #1 in August are down in September, the deadlock is nonetheless resolved as American University‘s WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” (9.1 – 9.0, -.1, 6+) takes sole possession of the top spot, while Hubbard Broadcasting-owned all-news WTOP segues to second-place. Prior to tying WTOP at #1 in August, WAMU had been in the runner-up slot the previous seven sweeps. Among the recent trends for WAMU are -1.2 in March; +.7 in May; +.5 in July and +.5 in August. Without an increase for the fourth straight time for a combined -1.6 (10.3 – 10.3 – 9.4 – 9.1 – 8.7, 6+), WTOP, in May and June, registered a 10.3 – the station’s most potent 6+-share in over five years (10.6, March 2011). Before dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” 2015 sweep, WTOP occupied the top spot the previous 12 ratings periods. Declining by one-half share each are Radio One-owned WMMJ “Majic 102.3” (5.9 – 5.4, unchanged at #4) and iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH (steady at #6, 6+). With a -.2 in August, “Majic 102.3” had its consecutive streak of monthlies without a decrease end at five (3.9 – 4.7 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 5.9, 6+). Its July 6.1 was the station’s strongest 6+-share in more than six years (6.2, June 2010). Format rival – Howard University‘s WHUR – is off by three-tenths (to 6.6, 6+), thus curtailing its successive string of up or steady trends at six (4.8 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.9, 6+). Meanwhile, WASH had been up or flat the past three survey periods for a net gain of six-tenths (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.0). In the market’s hot AC contest, CBS Radio’s WIAD “94.7 Fresh” dials up a +.1 to 3.6 (6+), ending a mini-slide (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+) yet actually backsides from eighth to tenth; Cumulus Media’s WRQX “Mix 107.3” (3.2 – 3.1, -.1, 6+) slips from #12 to #14. This marks the fifth straight decline for CBS Radio Spanish tropical WLZL “El Zol 107.9” (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5, #19 to #20, 6+).

2) Boston – Posting a gain for the third straight sweep netting a +.8 (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+), CBS Radio‘s WZLX “Classic Rock wzlx100.7″ inches up from eighth to seventh. Following five successive downward trends totaling a -.7 (2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), public WCRB added three-tenths in August. “Classical Radio Boston” now improves by one-half share to 2.4, its strongest 6+-share since January 2011 (also 2.4) to climb from #19 to #18.wbqt Although off by a combined one-half share in August and September (8.6 – 8.4 – 8.1, 6+), Greater Media-owned WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” is #1 for the ninth successive monthly; its 8.6 in July was the strongest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history. In second-place for the sixth consecutive sweep, adult contemporary sibling WMJX “Magic 106.7” is down or flat for the third straight time for a combined -1.2 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Its -.6 in July halted a successive string of five increases for a cumulative +1.2 (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). Also in that cluster, rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9” (unchanged at #9) notches its fourth successive up or flat trend (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.2, 6+). With a negative trend in each of the last four sweeps, Entercom sports outlet WEEI-FM is a combined -1.1 (5.9 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+) as the Red Sox flagship slips from fifth to sixth. Similarly formatted, CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” is flat at 4.4 (6+), but the New England Patriots’ flagship slides from seventh to eighth. This is the third consecutive decline for iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3, 6+) for a combined -1.6. Cross-town rival – CBS Radio’s WODS “Amp” is flat at 3.5 (6+) to drop from #11 to #12. Frozen at 7.0 (6+) in February and March, “Kiss 108” dropped one full-share in April; bounced back with a +.7 in May and +.2 in June, but was -.8 in July. It finishes in third-place for the sixth successive time. In June, “Amp” had its string of successive monthlies without a loss end at three (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+).

3) Detroit – An improvement of six-tenths (5.4 – 6.0, 6+) enables CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” to womcadvance from fourth to second. Flashing gains of one-half share each are news sibling WWJ (5.0 – 5.5, seventh to fourth, 6+) and Cumulus Media country WDRQ “Nash FM 93.1” (steady at #14, 6+). A +.4 by WWJ in August stopped six successive months without an increase (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5wwj – 5.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+) that led to a combined -3.2. The all-news operation was the market leader (6+) in January and February. In addition to being the fourth successive monthly that “Nash FM” is up or flat yielding a full-share increase (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+), 3.5 is the highest 6+-share for that frequency since December 2012 (also 3.5) when WDRQ was adult hits. Conversely, WDRQ rival – CBS Radio-owned WYCD – is without a gain for the fourth straight time for a cumulative -.9 (5.3 – 5.3 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+) and “Detroit’s Country 99.5” is unchanged at #9. Down in June, July, and August (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+), Greater Media‘s WCSX “94.7 Detroit’s Classic Rock” (eighth to sixth) gains three-tenths to 5.2 (6+). After a one-month hiatus, CBS Radio’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (7.8 – 7.7, -.1, 6+) returns to #1 (from the runner-up slot in August). “The Ticket” was on top in April, May, June, and July, before being dislodged in August by Greater Media urban-rhythmic oldies WMGC “The Bounce.” It was a meteoric rise to #1 for “The Bounce,” which transitioned from sports on July 1 and quickly posted back-to-back gains totaling a (combined) mammoth +7.3, vaulting from #23 (June, .7, 6+) to #15 (July, 3.1, 6+) to #1 (August, 8.0, 6+). Not only is it a short (one month) stay at #1, but “The Bounce” sputters by -2.7 to 5.3 (6+) and settles in at #4. Checking in at #21, alternative CIMX “89-X” dials up a +.3 to 1.6 (6+) to curtail four consecutive sweeps without an increase (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3, 6+). Owing to July’s +.1 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR halted three successive negative trends which had accounted for a -1.6 (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.3 – 5.1, 6+). The talk station added another six-tenths in August, but forfeits all of it plus three-tenths (5.1 – 5.2 – 5.8, 4.9, -.9, 6+) and drifts from third to seventh. Back in March, WJR notched a 6.7, the station’s best ever 6+-stat in PPM-methodology.

4) Miami – Commencing in May, Cox Media Group CHR WFLC trended 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.8 (6+). A whopping +1.3 to 5.1 wflc(6+) though puts an end to that pattern and “Hits 97.3” leapfrogs from tenth to fifth. It is the first time WFLC reaches the five-share level since April 2015 (5.0, 6+). Format competitor – iHeartMedia‘s WHYI “Y-100” – is off for the thirdwbgg successive sweep (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 6+) and remains at #13. Within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) the past seven monthlies, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WAMR “Amor 107.5” climbs from fourth to third by breaking out a +.9 to 6.5, its strongest 6+-share in nearly two years (6.5, 6+, October 2014). Unchanged at #11 (and with a 3.7, 6+, for the fourth straight time), iHeartMedia classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9” makes it nine successive ratings periods without a decline (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+). Albeit the net gain is just three-tenths, CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPOW “Power 96” is nonetheless without a decrease for the fifth straight time (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+). After a (May and June) mini-slide resulting in a loss of eight-tenths (8.7 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WLYF notched a +.2 in July; added three-tenths in August; and is flat in September (7.9 – 8.1 – 8.4 – 8.4, 6+); “101.5 Lite FM” is #1 for the third straight time. In the runner-up slot for the same duration after finishing first in June, Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” has its third successive dip (8.2 – 8.0 – 7.2 – 7.1, 6+). After hanging out a full-share increase in August, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WXDJ relinquishes all of it plus one-tenth and drops from sixth back to eighth (4.2 – 5.2 – 4.1, -1.1, 6+); 5.2 in August was the first time “El Zol 106.7” crossed the five-share threshold (6+) since March 2014 (5.0, 6+). Co-owned Spanish contemporary WCMQ “Zeta 92.3” returns August’s one-half share increase (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.8, 6+) and slips from fifth to seventh. Despite recording its fifth straight decline (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), CBS Radio’s WKIS “New Country 99.9” climbs from #20 to a tie at #19. Moody Bible Institute‘s WRMB (#29) is without an increase for the ninth consecutive ratings period (.8 – .7 – .7 – .6 -.5 -.4 -.4 .3 -.3 -.2, 6+).

5) Seattle – Following July‘s eight-tenths gain, Entercom‘s country-formatted KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” relinquished three-kkwfquarters of it in August but roars back with another +.8 in September (3.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 4.1, 6+) to zoom from #13 to #7. Meanwhile, CBS Radio‘s similarly programmed KMPS (3.5, -.1, 6+) drops out of the top ten (#10 to #11); its +.3 in August halted three straight decreaseskqmv which yielded a net loss of one full-share (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+). Off by six-tenths in August, Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” regains all of it plus one-tenth (6.3 – 5.7 – 6.4, +.7, 6+) and ranks first for the ninth consecutive sweep. Also gaining seven-tenths are adult contemporary cluster-mate KRWM “Warm 106.9” (4.4 – 5.1, fifth to third, 6+) and Bonneville‘s KIRO-AM “ESPN 710″ (2.5 – 3.2, #20 to #16, 6+); “Warm” has its best 6+-showing since February’s 5.4. Coming to an end is Entercom rhythmic hot AC KHTP’s string of seven straight up or flat trends which netted a +1.6 (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+), as “Hot 103.7” falters by seven-tenths to 3.7 to drift from a three-way tie at #5 to #9. Frozen on 3.1 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.5 (6+) in June and July, alternative sibling KNDD “107.7 The End” (#9 to #11) notched a +.6 in August only to surrender all of it in September (3.5 – 4.1 – 3.5, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” (4.3, fourth to sixth, 6+) and Bonneville talker KTTH (2.4, #18 to #20, 6+). Tied for second in July, “95.7 The Jet” was off nine-tenths in August; 4.3 is its lowest 6+-share since May 2015 (3.9). The -.5 by KTTH (following a +.7 in August) halts three straight increases that yielded a cumulative +1.0 (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.9, 6+).

6) Phoenix – The 1.2-share (6+) advantage Univision Radio regional Mexican KHOT “Que Buena 105.9” enjoyed in August kmvaover Entravision‘s similarly programmed KLNZ “La Tricolor 103.5” is whittled down to three-tenths as KLNZ posts a +.8 (2.4 – 3.2, #18 to #14, 6+), while KHOT is off one-tenth to 3.5 (#11 to #13, 6+). “La Tricolor 103.5” had been in two-share range the past 12 sweeps. Improving by six-tenths each are Thekesz Yucaipa Companies’ hot AC KMVA “Hot” (#13 to #12, 6+) and rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KKFR “Power” (3.1, #17 to #15, 6+). As the result of six straight increases (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+), “Hot” has nearly doubled its 6+-share, while “Power” ends four successive flat or down trends (3.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5, 6+). Owing to a one-half share increase to 6.9 (6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ not only breaks the deadlock at #1, it halts three straight setbacks that yielded a cumulative -1.7 (8.1 – 7.5 – 6.9 – 6.4, 6+). It is the 24th successive ratings period at #1 for KESZ, which shared the top spot in August with Hubbard Broadcasting classic rocker KSLX. Even though KSLX gains one-tenth (6.4 – 6.5, 6+), it slides to second, where it resided for five straight ratings periods before advancing to a first-place tie in August. Cracking the top 20 (#23 to #20) is KESZ’s format rival, The Yucaipa Companies’ KOAI “The Oasis,” which is up or flat for the seventh successive time (.6 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+) and has more than tripled its 6+-share since February. Locked on 2.8 (6+) in May and June and then on 3.1 (6+) in July and August, iHeartMedia talker KFYI sputters by -1.3 to 1.8 (6+), plummeting from the top 20 (#13 to #22). Eroding by seven-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL (5.4 – 4.7, third to fourth, 6+) and Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA “Jose” (#26), which has its third consecutive decline (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share shrinks by four-tenths as iHeartMedia-owned KNIX “102.5 #1 for New Country” is -.3 (4.3 – 4.0, seventh to eighth, 6+) and CBS Radio’s KMLE “Country @ 107.9” is -.1 (4.0 – 3.9, eighth to ninth, 6+). Prior to July‘s -.9, KMLE had put together four straight increases for a cumulative +1.9 (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+).

7) Minneapolis – On the heels of a one-half share gain in August, iHeartMedia‘s KFXN flaunts a +1.4 (4.8 – 5.3 – 6.7, 6+), vaulting kfxnfrom tenth to fourth. It is the best 6+-stat for “FM 100.3 Sports Radio K-Fan” since January (also 6.7). In tandem with a one-half share increase by CHR cluster-mate KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” (7.6 – 8.1, 6+) and a massive -1.2 by Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95” (8.9 – 7.7, 6+), the two stations swap places at #1 and #2, respectively. It is the best 6+-showing for KDWB since June 2015’s 8.5. “KS-95”kdwb had been #1 the past eight sweeps and has its weakest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2015 (6.3). Up eight-tenths in August, rival KTCZ “The Cities” doesn’t capitalize in September as the iHeartMedia hot AC is off one-tenth (5.4 – 5.3, 6+) and segues from ninth to tenth. Prior to July, “The Cities” avoided a decrease for six straight sweeps and registered a combined +1.6 (3.9 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). The streak though was halted in July when it floundered by nine-tenths; 4.6 was its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2015 (3.9). While unchanged at #3, co-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” falters for the third straight ratings period for a combined -1.2 (8.0 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 6.8, 6+). Off a cumulative nine-tenths in the last three sweeps (7.1 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” drops from fourth to fifth. Country has little September 2016 movement with iHeartMedia’s KEEY “K-102” flat at 5.5 (seventh to eighth, 6+) and CBS Radio‘s KMNB “BUZ’N @102.9” down two-tenths (4.3 – 4.1, flat at #13, 6+).

8) San Diego – Owing to a +.6 to 4.7, Entercom‘s KSON “New Country” has its finest 6+-showing since December (5.4) and ksonprogresses from seventh to fifth. Registering gains of one-half share each are iHeartMedia-owned KGB “San Diego’s Classic Rock” (3.3 – 3.8, #14 to #11, 6+) and co-owned KLSD “San Diego Sports Radio” (.4 – .9, #23, 6+). KGB is in 3.0 – 3.8 range (6+) for the ninth successivekgb time. Off the past three survey periods (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary-turned-hot AC KYXY picks up three-tenths to 4.0 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #10). Down or flat the past five sweeps (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – .9 – .8 -.7, 6+), UniRadio regional Mexican XHTY gains one-tenth to .8 (6+), yet slips from #24 to #25. Following six consecutive positive or steady trends producing a combined +1.7 (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.6 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI dropped three-tenths in August and is off by one-half share in September. Nonetheless, “Star 94.1” is #1 for the fourth straight time. Prior to rising to the top spot in June, “Star” was last on top in July 2015. In addition to KMYI, classic hits-oldies XPRS-FM “Max 105.7 San Diego’s Greatest Hits” (2.7 – 2.2, #18 to #19, 6+) and alternative XTRA “91-X” (2.0, #19 to #20, 6+) are also down by one-half share. Although only a combined +.5 in that stretch, “91-X” had been up or flat the past five sweeps (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.5, 6+). Without an increase for the sixth consecutive time (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5 The Beat of San Diego” slides from fifth to sixth. For the 15th straight sweep, KOGO has a 6+-share between 3.1 – 3.8 (3.7 – 3.6, -.1, 6+); the iHeartMedia talker remains at #13.

9) Tampa – Bouncing back after not having an increase the past four sweeps (3.5 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned wdaeWDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” trots out a +.9 to 3.3 to inch up from #17 to #15. A combined -1.0 owing to three successive downward trends (5.7 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group‘s country WQYK answers with a +.7 to 5.4 (6+) to progress from eighth to fifth. The country format improves by another six-tenths as iHeartMedia’s WFUS trends 4.0 – 4.6 (#11 towqyk #8, 6+). Adding one-half share to the four-tenths it registered in August and two-tenths in July (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” inches up from fifth to fourth. Meanwhile, Cox Media Group‘s similarly programmed WXGL “Classic Hits 107-3 The Eagle” is up four-tenths to 6.0 and is #3 for the third straight sweep. Adult contemporary sibling WDUV is #1 for the 47th successive ratings period, however, “Lite Favorites” regresses by six-tenths (9.9 – 9.3, 6+). In addition to WDUV, University of South Florida-owned WUSF (5.1 – 4.5, fifth to ninth, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR WFLZ “93-3 The Hit Music Channel” (4.8 – 4.2, #7 to #11, 6+) are also down by six-tenths. The -.6 represents 50% of the lofty +1.2 (6+) WUSF scored in August. For the third straight sweep, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WBTP is in the runner-up slot and by posting a +.4 to 6.2 (6+), “The Beat” closes five consecutive down or flat trends (5.8 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). In four consecutive down or flat trends, hot AC sibling WMTX “Mix 100.7” (#12 to #14) is a combined -1.2 (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+).

10) Denver – Although unchanged at #18, with a +.1 to 2.4 (6+), Entravision regional Mexican KXPK applies the brakes to six kxpksuccessive down or flat trends that produced a -1.0 (3.3 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+). Public jazz outlet KUVO regains six-tenths of the seven-tenths it lost in August (1.3 – .6 – 1.2, 6+) to advance from #28 to #24. Down or flat the past four ratings periods for a combined -1.1 (2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+), Max Broadcast Group rhythmic hot AC KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5” isktcl +.3 to 1.7 and continues at #21. After notching a one-share increase in August, iHeartMedia‘s KTCL “Modern Rock Channel 93-3” adds three-tenths and repeats at #1 (5.3 – 6.3 – 6.6, 6+). Prior to August, the last time “Channel 93-3” reached the six-share level (6+) was just over one year ago (6.0, 6+, August 2015). The station “Channel 93-3” replaced at #1 in August – Entercom-owned classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” – is down for the third straight sweep but actually climbs from third to second. Following three straight downward trends (6.3 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 4.9, 6+), “The Mountain” was +1.5 in February; +.5 March; -.2 April; +.3 in May; +.6 in June; -.7 in July; -.8 in August; and now -.1 in September (6.4 – 6.9 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 6.0, 6+). A -.8 (6.2 – 5.4, 6+) sends KSE Radio Ventures classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105” from second to fifth. Falling out of the top ten (#10 to #11), iHeartMedia triple A KBCO “World Class Rock” has its third straight decline (4.8 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+) for a net loss of one full-share. The 6+ hot AC share in the “Mile High City” shrinks by three-tenths as KSE Radio Ventures’ KIMN “Mix 100.3” is 4.0 – 3.9 (-.1, #11 to #10, 6+) and Entercom’s KALC “Alice 105.9” is 3.5 – 3.3 (-.2, #12 to #15, 6+). Without an increase for the fifth consecutive sweep (3.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “K-LOVE” remains at #17. Something noteworthy that hasn’t happened in August or September is a move of seven-tenths by Colorado Public Radio outlet KCFR, which has been +.7 in January; -.7 in February; +.7 in March; -.7 in April; -.1 in May; -.7 in June; and +.7 in July.

11) Baltimore – Over and above climbing from seventh to sixth, Hearst Television‘s WIYY “98 Rock” displays an impressive +.9 wiyyto 5.3 (6+), thus curtailing four straight decreases that accounted for a net loss of -1.1 (5.5 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+). Similarly, this time last month, WRBS-FM “95.1 Shine” 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 (andwrbs a combined -2.9). Now, the Peter & John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian outlet tacks on an additional six-tenths (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6, 6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Unchanged at the top – in both AQH and ranker – are Radio One urban AC and urban contemporary cluster-mates WWIN “Magic 95.9” (8.5, 6+) and WERQ “92-Q” (8.4, 6+). Prior to August’s -.8, “92-Q” was up or flat the previous five times for a cumulative +2.3 (6.9 – 7.3 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 8.4 – 9.2, 6+), and it had been in first-place in April and May. The last time “92-Q” reached the nine-share level was June 2013 (9.0). A -1.2 in July caused “Magic 95.9” to segue from the top spot, and to take over the runner-up slot, vacated by “92-Q.” Prior to July’s -1.2, “Magic 95.9” put together four straight increases for a combined +3.7 (6.1 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 8.2 – 9.8, 6+). Other than Radio One’s WOLB at #23 (.3 – .2, -.1, 6+), the market’s four other talkers are lumped together and are a combined -1.8, with each down August 2016 – September 2016. Specifically, WCBM (3.8 – 3.2, -.6, 6+) is #12; Hearst Television’s WBAL (3.6 – 3.1, -.5, 6+) is #13; public WYPR (2.5 – 2.1, -.4, 6+) is #14; and American University‘s WAMU (1.6 – 1.3, -.3, 6+) is #15. Although steady at #3, CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” (7.8, -.4, 6+) has its string of successive increases – which netted a +1.1- end at three (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). This is the fourth straight monthly without an increase for iHeartMedia’s WPOC (7.7 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.8, 6+); “Baltimore’s #1 for New Country” remains at #4.

12) St. Louis – Boasting the largest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increase of any station in the 24 PPM-markets whose data whhlhas been released thus far this week, Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1” vaults all the way from #12 to #3 (4.9 – 6.5, +1.6, 6+). The last time “Hot” crossed the six-share threshold (6+) was December 2014 (6.4). While this constitutes the fifth consecutive ratings period that Hubbard Broadcasting‘s WIL-FM iswil-fm without a decrease (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), the country outlet backslides from fifth to sixth. Down or flat for the third consecutive sweep (9.2 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 8.1, 6+), Emmis rocker KSHE is nonetheless #1 for the ninth straight time. When KSHE lost one-half share 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+). Within 5.0 – 5.9 range (6+) seven of the last eight ratings periods, CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK (#10 to #12) regresses by seven-tenths to 4.3, its lowest 6+-share since August 2015 (also 4.3). Following five consecutive gains for a net +1.1 (3.8 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KWMU (like KEZK) is off by seven-tenths (4.2, #12 to #13, 6+). Meanwhile, a loss of one-half share (to 4.8, #7 to #11, 6+) ends the streak of successive gains by Gateway Creative Broadcasting contemporary Christian KLJY at three (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.3, 6+). In August, “99.1 JOY-FM” – which was a combined +1.4 since May (6+) – reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since last November’s 5.0.

Air Talent Changes at Cox Media Orlando.  Starting with Cox Media Group’s country WWKA, Orlandodiazobie “K92.3,” Obie Diaz joins Ashley Stegbauer as co-host of the morning drive program starting on djnailzOctober 10, bumping current morning personality AJ Maguire to the afternoon drive slot.  Diaz moves over from the “Obie & Lil Shawn” morning show on sister hip hop WPYO “Power 95.3.”  Filling his shoes on WPYO’s AM show is Marc “DJ Nailz” Dixon.  Operations manager Stevie DeMann states, “These moves are the direct result of a shared vision – a vision of growth and development of talent and evolution our brands.”

Salem’s Russ Whitnah to Retire.  At the Philadelphia station group, Salem Media Group’s market manager Russ Whitnah is retiring at the end of this year after 23 years leading the operations.  Salem acquired WFIL back in 1993 and turned it into a Christian teaching outlet.  Whitnah started as general manager the following year and shortly thereafter the company added what is now news/talk WNTP to its portfolio.  A memo to staff from Salem broadcast media president David Santrella notes that Whitnah began his radio career while in college at Oklahoma State University.  He’s worked in sales at KMOD and KTOK in Oklahoma City and has experience in the Colorado Springs, Harrisburg, and Quad Cities markets.  Whitnah comments, “I look forward to passing the baton to the next generation of leadership in Philadelphia.  Serving alongside my co-workers and our ministries for the past 23 years has been a tremendous joy and privilege.  Working for Salem Media Group has been the most rewarding work experience of my life.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The John Tesh-hosted “Intelligence For Your Life” show renews with Westwood One.  The program also features Connie Sellecca and Gib Gerard.  WW1 has syndicated the showladyla for the past 15 years…..Morning personality Lady La announces she’s leaving the radio business – and her gig at CBS RADIO’s CHR KALV, Phoenix “LIVE 101.5” – after this Friday’s program to pursue new career opportunities…..Portland, Oregon sales pro Mike Maloney is named director of sales for Entercom’s cluster in that market.  Maloney’s been with the company serving in Entercom’s Smart Reach Digital division.

londoncallingimageNew Installment of ‘London Calling with Graham Mack’ Posted to TalkersRadio.  A brand new installment of the international radio talk show “London Calling with Graham Mack” has been posted today (9/28) to TalkersRadio – the experimental radio platform provided by TALKERS magazine for producers of exciting new programming concepts.  This new episode emanating from Great Britain features the godfather of British blues, John Mayall.  There are also guest appearances by American radio legend Jonathon Brandmeier and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice). Topics covered include the Royal visit to Canada and the British version of “Dancing With The Stars.”  To listen to the program please click here.

powersradioSeattle Radio Personality Eric Powers Launches PowersRadio.com.  Branded “#1 for Power Hits and Throwbacks,” the new digital project from Seattle radio pro Eric Powers launches Friday (9/30).  Powers has worked in the Seattle market at such venerable signals as KUBE, KNDD and non-com KNHC.  He says this project is about music and local service.  “I’m excited to curate a music format that tons of listeners have asked for from Seattle to Tacoma.  This gives me the opportunity to connect the music, artists and listeners together.  We have developed a 90s meets 2000s rhythmic/hip hop/top 40 format with surprises.  I have LIVED this format for the past 25 years and have amazing untold stories – from 2Pac to Eminem – that I want to share.  It’s all about the MUSIC, Listeners and being LOCAL!”

bfoalouisiana16Broadcasters Foundation of America Donates $85,000 to Louisiana Flood Victims.  The recent floods that ravaged parts of Louisiana affected numerous broadcasters who work in the area.  The Broadcasters Foundation of America – a non-profit that works to provide assistance to broadcasters in need – donated checks for $1,000 to some 85 people whose lives were negatively impacted by the storm damage.  Pictured here are (from l-r) Emily Barratt of the BFoA, Louisiana Broadcasters Association CEO and president Polly Prince, and BFoA president Jim Thompson.  To find out more about the Broadcasters Foundation of America and to donate, click here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

| September 27, 2016

nielsen-logoRound One of September PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM ratings survey has been released for first of four rounds of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 survey period covered August 11 – September 7.  You can 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 – Inching up from sixth to fifth, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 The Beat of New York” registers its wktufifth straight increase (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+) and is a cumulative +1.5 in that stretch. The market’s mainstream CHR (6+) share has a modest three-tenths improvement, with WKTU sibling WHTZ “Z-100” up one-tenth (5.3 – 5.4, third to second, 6+) and CBS Radio-owned WBMP “Amp” picking up two-tenthswltw-logo-january-2015 (2.9 – 3.1, #13 to #12, 6+). With a -.2 in August, “Z-100” ended five straight monthlies without a decrease for a combined +.8 (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). As CBS Radio all-news WCBS-AM gains four-tenths (2.8 – 3.2, #15 to #11, 6+), co-owned similarly formatted WINS declines by that margin (4.4 – 4.0, unchanged at #8, 6+). This represents the strongest 6+-performance for WCBS-AM since March 2015 (also 3.2, 6+). On top the previous four ratings periods before falling to #2 in July, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” returned to first-place in August and – with a gain of four-tenths (6.1 – 6.5, 6+) – repeats there. Its +.1 in August halted four successive sweeps without an increase for a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0, 6+). The 6.0 by “Lite” in July was its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). Tumbling for the third successive sweep is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ, which is a combined -1.4 since June (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+); “Mega 97.7” drifts from third to sixth. It has a 1.5-share advantage over Univision Radio Spanish tropical WXNY “X-96.3” – up two-tenths following a -.6 in August (3.5 – 2.9 – 3.1, #13 to #12, 6+). The market’s hot AC battle tightens again as CBS Radio’s WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) drops three-tenths to 2.8 (#11 – #15, 6+), while Cumulus Media’s WPLJ (off one-half share in August) picks up one-tenth (2.4 – 2.5, 6+) and is steady at #16; the two rivals were tied at #13 in July. This is the 21st successive sweep that WPLJ has recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+). For the sixth successive time, talk cluster-mate WABC (#21) has not managed an increase (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+).

2) Los Angeles – It is a healthy month for the market’s two CHR combatants: CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp” posts a +.4 (3.1 – 3.5, kiis6+), vaulting into the top ten (#12 to #8), while iHeartMedia-owned KIIS “Kiss-FM” notches a +.3 (4.6 – 4.9, 6+), climbing from fourth to a second-place tie. “Amp” was up in June and July for a cumulative +.7 before surrendering the entire seven-tenths in August. Up or flat for the third straight time are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+, steady at #2) and Entercom classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7, #16 to #14, 6+). Jumping from #17 to #14, KKGO “Go Country 105” has its fourth consecutive up or flat trend (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.7, 6+). After seven successive down or flat trends (.9 -.8 -.8 -.7 – .7 – .6 -.5 – .5, 6+), Salem Media Groupkamp contemporary Christian KFSH “The Fish” adds one-tenth to .6 (#38 to #36, 6+). Notching an increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” checks in at #27. This past Sunday (9/25), Vin Scully called his last home game on the Dodgers’ flagship; Scully is retiring after an astonishing 67 years as voice of the NL West team. Setting the pace for the eleventh successive sweep, adult contemporary cluster-mate KOST “Coast 103.5” – a combined +.5 in July and August (5.3 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+) – dips by two-tenths to 5.6 (6+). Without a decrease the past three monthlies (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+) co-owned urban contemporary KRRL “Real 92.3” slips by three-tenths (back to 3.1, 6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). After being up the past three ratings periods for a +1.1 (2.2 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” loses one-tenth to 3.2 (6+) – but – actually improves from a tenth-place tie to a ninth-place tie. A decrease of four-tenths to 2.6 (#13 to #16, 6+) curtails four straight up or flat trends for Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106” (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+). In a three-way tie at #18 (up from #19), CBS Radio alternative KROQ is down or flat for the fifth successive sweep (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” is off by three-tenths (3.4 – 3.1, 6+) and – like KRRL – departs the top ten (#8 to #11). This is the sixth consecutive time that co-owned talker KFI (#15 to #16) is without an increase (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Since April, the (6+) trend for CBS Radio all-news KNX (#12 to #13) is 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.9.

3) Chicago – The combination of a one-tenth loss by CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (6.1 – 6.0, 6+) and a steady performance by webgiHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” (6.0 – 6.0, 6+) results in a tie at #1. WBBM-AM had been on top from January through May and slipped to second in June. Prior to recording a +.4 in August, “V-103” was down or flat the previous three sweeps (6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+). Not only is WRME up or flat for the fifth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), “MeTV 87.7” cracks the top 20 in a three-way tie at #16. Applying the brakes to three consecutive (slight) downward trends (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE adds one-tenth to 2.5wscr-cubs (6+) to progress from #17 to #15 and it is within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 29th straight monthly. Although off by three-tenths to 5.2 (6+), hot AC cluster-mate WTMX “101.9 The Mix” nonetheless finishes in third-place for the seventh straight time. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed WLIT “My-FM” (#9 to #11, 6+) is without an increase for the eighth successive month. “My-FM” is -10.7 (roughly -77%) in that stretch (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+). This is the ninth consecutive ratings period that iHeartMedia-owned WEBG (#16 to #13) is either up or flat for a combined gain of one full-share (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+). “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” now trails cross-town format foe – CBS Radios WUSN “US-99.5” – by just one-tenth (2.9 – 2.8, -.1, 6+); WUSN is #12 for the third straight time. Following three modest declines (4.2 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.7, 6+), the flagship of the Chicago Cubs – WSCR “670 The Score” – roars back with a +.8 to 4.5, its best-ever 6+-performance under PPM-methodology. The CBS Radio sports outlet advances from seventh to fifth. Powered by a +.6 (3.0 – 3.6, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s WLS-FM breaks into the top ten (#11 to #9); 3.6 is the strongest 6+-showing for “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” since February 2015 (3.7). On the other hand, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” (#14 to #16) is either down or flat for the eighth consecutive ratings period for a cumulative loss of one full-share (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+). Other streaks continue: This is the seventh successive ratings period in which Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican WLEY “La Ley 107.9” (steady at #26) posts a loss (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+) and sixth straight time Univision Radio‘s similarly programmed WOJO (#13 to #14) is without an increase (3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Eight-tenths of a share is the difference between ranker #12 and ranker #23 (6+).

4) San Francisco – Unchanged at #5, CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7 New Hit Music” is up or flat for the fifth successive kmvqsweep (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0, 6+) for a combined gain of one full-share. Flashing a +.3 to 3.6 (6+), iHeartMedia‘s KMEL “#1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” ends six straight ratings periods without an increase (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). As a result of a +.6, Cumulus Media talker KSFO (#16 to #13, 6+) matches the 2.9 (6+) it recorded in January. With either a 3.8 (6+) or 3.9 (6+)kioi over the course of the last seven sweeps, iHeartMedia hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” busts out a +.6 to 4.3, moving up from a three-way tie at #5 to #4. A combined -.8 in six consecutive monthlies without an increase (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.0, #12, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG picks up three tenths to 3.3 (6+) and cracks the top ten (#12 to #10). Spoken-word stations hold the top three spots in the Bay Area for the seventh successive sweep; however, the order has changed from August. In addition to suffering a loss of eight-tenths, Cumulus Media-owned KNBR drops from a first-place tie to third. Moreover, it is the fourth successive decline for “The Sports Leader” resulting in a cumulative loss of nearly two full-shares (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+). It is the lowest 6+-showing for the San Francisco Giants flagship since March (also 4.9, 6+); KNBR had been #1 since April. Taking over sole possession of #1 (after sharing it in August with KNBR) is public KQED. Whereas KNBR is down for the fourth straight time, KQED boasts four straight gains (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 5.9, 6+) and enjoys its highest 6+-stat since December 2012’s 5.0. Advancing from third to second, CBS Radio all-news KCBS-AM is trending 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+. Owing to a +.2 to 1.3, Entercom‘s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (#26 to #24) halts four consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+). An August gain of one-half share enabled KISQ “98.1 – The Breeze Relaxing Favorites at Work” to reach the four-share level, but like KNBR, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility regresses by eight-tenths (3.5 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+), freefalling from #4 to #11. This is the fifth straight sweep without an increase for CBS Radio alternative KITS “Live 105” (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5, #22, 6+).

5) Dallas – Just as in August, four-tenths of a share separates the top three finishers. For the first time since May 2014 (when it kplxregistered a 6.6, 6+), KPLX “The Wolf” occupies the top spot. Over and above that, the Cumulus Media country outlet, which was second in August, is without a decrease for the seventh successive sweep (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.7 – 5.8, 6+) and is a cumulative +1.5 since February. After three successive months at 3.5 (6+), co-owned and similarlykrld-fm programmed KSCS “New Country 96.3” posts its third straight 3.3 (6+) and climbs from #11 to #9. Ousted from #1 and slipping to third is iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” (5.8 – 5.4, -.4, 6+). Jumping from ninth to seventh, CBS Radio‘s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” registers its seventh straight gain for a combined +1.8 (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+) and the Texas Rangers’ flagship matches November’s 3.6. With a +.2 to 2.9 (6+), cross-town competitor – Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket” (#18 to #14) pulls the plug on three straight negative trends that yielded a -.8 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 2.7, 6+). Up or flat for the fourth straight time (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9” inches up from sixth to fifth, while format rival – CBS Radio-owned KVIL (#13 to #16) – has an up/down pattern since May of 2.6 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.8 (6+). Without a decrease for the fourth straight sweep are CBS Radio news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4, #20, 6+) and First Dallas Media contemporary Christian KCBI (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1, #21, 6+). A -.8 (4.6 – 3.8, 6+) drops iHeartMedia classic rocker KZPS from fourth to sixth; 3.8 is the lowest 6+-figure for “Lone Star 92.5” since March 2015 (also 3.8).

6) Houston – Posting a 3.6 (6+) in three of the last four monthly reports, CBS Radio Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101” not klolonly explodes with a +.9 to enter the top ten (#12 to #7), it registers a 4.5, its strongest-ever (6+) PPM stat. The format picks up another six-tenths from Univision Radio‘s KAMA “Latino Mix 104.9” (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), which zooms from #20 to #15. The last time “Latino Mix” crossed the three-share threshold wasksbj “Holiday” 2011 (3.2, 6+). Returning to #9 from #11, noncommercial contemporary Christian KSBJ “God Listens” betters August’s 3.8 by four-tenths (to 4.2, 6+), thus stopping four straight decreases that produced a combined -1.8 since April (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). The market’s top three stations are separated by two-tenths: Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN is off three-tenths (6.7, 6+) but repeats at #1; Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KGLK “Houston’s Eagle” moves up to second from third (+.4, 6+); and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” (-.4, 6+) slips from second to third. The -.3 by KLTN curtails 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+). It is the seventh straight time “Eagle” is in 6.1 – 6.6 range (6.6 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.6, 6+). Without an increase for the fifth straight sweep (7.7 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.5, 6+), “Sunny” ranked first in 23 consecutive ratings periods before dipping to second in August. On the heels of boasting its strongest 6+-share in more than two years (4.5, May 2014), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 The Beat” completely forfeits the eight-tenths it gained in August (3.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+), as it departs the top ten (#8 to #11). After posting a +.7 in July to 5.9, its best 6+-showing in exactly one year (6.4, 6+, July 2015), Cox Media Group country KKBQ “The New 93-Q” surrendered all of that gain in August and now sputters by another one-half share (5.2 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), but remains at #5 for the fourth successive sweep. Declining for the third straight time (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+) is its country rival – CBS Radio’s KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull,” which is steady at #14.

7) Philadelphia – Owing to an improvement of six-tenths to 7.4 (6+), Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” wbebreturns to #1 after a two-month hiatus. In addition, the +.6 halts three successive downward moves for a combined loss of one full-share (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+). Prior to July, “More FM” occupied the market’s top spot for 12 consecutive survey periods. Even though it is flat at 6.9 (6+), CBS Radiowrff classic hits-oldies WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” is dislodged from the top and segues to the runner-up slot, occupied by WBEB in July and August. Following three straight declines that resulted in a combined -.7 (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5” records a one-half share increase to jump from eighth to sixth (5.0, 6+). Following seven straight monthlies without an increase which resulted in a more than 50% loss of its 6+-share (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Greater Media-owned WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” adds two-tenths to 1.7 (6+) and advances from #20 to #17. It trails rival WIP-FM (3.8 – 4.0, +.2, 6+) by 2.3 shares though, as the CBS Radio-owned Philadelphia Phillies flagship returns to the top ten (#11 to #10). A loss of six-tenths (5.3 – 4.7, 6+) drops co-owned WXTU “92.5 Philadelphia’s Country Station” from sixth to seventh. Faltering by one-half share each are sibling WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” (3.5 – 3.0, #12 to #15, 6+) and public WHYY (2.6 – 2.1, unchanged at #17, 6+). Both stations were up seven-tenths this time last month. The +.7 by WHYY in August ended six straight sweeps without an increase which resulted in the loss of approximately one-half of its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+). As for WPHT, it was the first time “Talk Radio 1210” crossed the three-share threshold (6+) in more than four years (3.0, May 2012). Flat at 1.2, Temple University classical outlet WRTI (#22 to #21) is without an increase for the eighth successive sweep and -1.6 since January (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2 -1.2, 6+).

8) Atlanta – Not only does WKHX secure bragging rights for heftiest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increase among all wkhxstations in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released Monday, the Cumulus Media country property is the only station in any of these metros to register a gain of at least one full-share (3.9 – 5.3, +1.3, 6+). “Kicks 101.5” cruises from #11 to #5 and notches its most potent 6+-share since April 2011 (5.2 as well, 6+). Its challenger – iHeartMedia-ownedwpze WUBL “94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s New Country Leader” – posts a +.3 (3.8 – 4.1, 6+) and climbs from #12 to #11. Recapturing seven-tenths of the eight-tenths it lost in August (4.2 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” progresses from #13 to #11, where it is tied with “The Bull” (also -.8, 6+, in August). Public WABE replicates its August one-half share increase (2.5 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+) and advances from #15 to #14. Also leaping by one-half share is Radio One urban AC WAMJ “Majic 107.5” (3.2 – 3.7, #14 to #13, 6+); however, co-owned WUMJ disappears from print after logging a 1.1 (6+) in August. Despite being down by one-half share (9.4 – 8.9, 6+), Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM holds the top spot for the eighth straight month; a +1.3 in August gave WSB-AM a 9.4 – its highest 6+-share in the PPM-era. Stuck on 4.2 (6+) in July and August, Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ “Q-100 All the Hits” sputters by eight-tenths to 3.4 (6+), plummeting from #10 to #15. With two 4.5-showings (6+) sandwiched between a 4.7 (6+) in May and August (6+), format rival – iHeartMedia-owned WWPR “Power 96.1” – drops four-tenths to 4.3 as it slips from seventh to tenth. Although steady at #3, Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104.1” falters by six-tenths (6.2 – 5.6, 6+). After hanging out a +.6 in August, CBS Radio sports outlet WZGC “92.9 The Game” (#15 to #16) surrenders one-half share of it (2.4 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+).

9) Long Island – Up or flat for the sixth straight time (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp” wbmp(+.6, 6+) bumps up from #15 to #13. “Amp” had been in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) the past 38 ratings periods. Advancing from #14 to #12, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU adds one-half share (3.0 – 3.5, 6+). Notwithstanding it is down two-tenths to 6.2 (6+), co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100” is on top in Long Island for the eighth successive sweep. A -.3 in August erased fourwqht straight sweeps where “Z-100” was up or flat (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+). This is the 21sth straight sweep that Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” (2.0 – 2.3, +.3, #22 to #19, 6+) is in 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+). While Fordham University‘s WFUV-FM remains at .7 (6+, #27), the stream of that triple A station – which had a 1.1 (6+) in August – disappears from print. Stymied at 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; but regresses by eight-tenths in September (3.8 – 3.0, 6+) as the New York Mets flagship spirals out of the top ten (#8 to #15). After being up or flat the past six times for a cumulative +1.1 (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.6, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC WNEW “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) falters by seven-tenths to 1.9 (6+) and drops from a three-way tie at #16 to #22. Steady at #16, New York City format rival – Cumulus Media‘s WPLJ – bounces back from a -.6 in August with a +.1 (3.2 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Yet another hot AC – Connoisseur Media‘s WALK-FM (unchanged at #4) is without an increase for the fourth consecutive sweep (5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+) for a combined -1.2. Following four successive progressive trends (3.0 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+), Cox Media Group CHR WBLI (steady at #2) is off by one-tenth to 4.8 (6+).

10) Riverside – Regional Mexican outlets KSCA (5.2, 6+) and KRQB (2.8 – 3.6, 6+) each improve by eight-tenths. Univision kscaRadio‘s KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” remains at #4 and Liberman Broadcasting‘s KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” advances from seventh to sixth. “Zona MX 101.9” was down or flat the past three Inland Empire monthlies (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). Regressing by a whopping nine-tenths (8.1 – 7.2, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is nevertheless #1 for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Following a one-sharekrqb 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. It has a three-tenths lead over Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, which is up or flat for the fifth straight time (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 6.9, 6+) for a net gain of two full-shares. Prior to July, KOLA last crossed the six-share threshold (6+) this past November (6.9). After registering a 3.9 (6+) in June, July, and August, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5” is up one-tenth to 4.0 (6+) and ranks fifth for the fourth successive time. This is the seventh straight time CBS Radio country outlet KXFG has a .1 and it again finishes at #21, while Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KCAL-AM – which had been at .2 the past seven monthlies – slips to .1 (#19 to #21).

11) San Jose – In light of the fact that both stations gain one-tenth to 5.7 (6+), the tie at #1 between Univision Radio Spanish kgmzadult hits KBRG “100.3 Mas Variedad” and CBS Radio all-news operation KCBS-AM continues. A massive +1.2 in August catapulted KCBS-AM from sixth in July to that first-place tie in August. Prior to August, “Mas Variedad” was in the runner-up slot the previous four sweeps. Rebounding from a -.6 in August, Entercom-ownedkezr Oakland A’s flagship KGMZ “95.7 The Game” trots out a +.9 (1.1 – .5 – 1.4, 6+) and climbs from #26 to #25. Following three successive up-trends that netted eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media hot AC KEZR coughed up a -1.2 in August, but “Mix 106.5” regains two-thirds of that loss (4.2 – 50, +.8, 6+), climbing from sixth to fifth. Frozen on 3.0 (6+) in June and July, KSOL “Que Buena” gained one-tenth in August and now the Univision Radio regional Mexican outlet tacks on six-tenths (3.1 – 3.7, 6+) to enter the top ten via a three-way tie at #9 (from #12 in August). Before a September gain of one-tenth to .4 (6+), in four straight down or flat trends (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.2 – .3 – .3, 6+), Empire Broadcasting-owned news-turned-classic country property KLIV “1590 Country Gold” (unchanged at #27) was a combined -2.1. Included in a quartet of stations declining by one-half share each are Entercom classic rock KUFX “98.5 The Fox” (4.5 – 4.0, fifth to seventh, 6+); Cumulus Media talker KGO (2.4, #13 to #14, 6+); triple A sibling KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original” (#18 to #23, 6+); and iHeartMedia‘s KMEL “The #1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” (2.4, #13 – #14, 6+). KGO was +1.2 in August, after being 1.7 (6+) in April, May, and July. KMEL was up or flat the past four sweeps (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9, 6+) for a combined +1.0. In three straight sweeps without a decline, KFOG netted a +.7 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.1, 6+).

12) Middlesex – On the strength of a +.9 (2.5 – 3.4, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “93.1 wpatAmor” rockets from a tie at #19 to a deadlock at #11. On top for the ninth consecutive ratings period, Townsquare Media talker WKXW wipes out an August -.6 with a September increase of seven-tenths (8.1 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+). Owing to a four-tenths gain in July, “New Jersey 101.5” halted four straight negative trends that had resulted in a combined -1.4 (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5wkxw – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+). Following three straight advances of two-tenths each (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.8, 6+), WLTW “Lite-FM” regressed by nine-tenths in June and by another seven-tenths in July. The iHeartMedia adult contemporary property bounced back in August with a gain of six-tenths, but sputters by one-half share in September (5.8 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+) and remains at #6; 4.2 was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite-FM in Middlesex since May 2013 (4.1). Also faltering by one-half share is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” (4.6 – 4.1, sixth to seventh, 6+), which was up seven-tenths in August. This is the seventh successive ratings period that sports WEPN (#24 to #25) is either down or flat (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+).

Talent Flip at WPLJ, New York.  At Cumulus Media’s New York City hot AC WPLJ, evening personalitytorresmelony Ralphie trades air shifts with music director and late night host Melony Torres.  Ralphie is now heard from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am and Torres takes over the 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm daypart.  Program ralphiedirector Gillette says, “Melony is an integral part of the 95.5 PLJ programming team and this flip now assures even more daily collaboration between Mel, APD Mike Allan and myself.  In addition, Ralphie will now enjoy the schedule flexibility to participate in even more high-profile entertainment and red carpet events for which he has become legendary.  In one move, we have elevated all 95.5 PLJ programming assets: On air, online/social and on-site experiential.”

Lori Bennett Named OM for Cumulus Media Grand Rapids.  Detroit radio pro Lori Bennett is moving from Cumulus Media’s Motor City cluster to the Grand Rapids five-station group to take on the operations manager position.  Bennett has been serving as program director and afternoon drive personality for hot AC bennettloriWDVD, Detroit.  In the past, she’s also been on air at country WDRQ and held the promotions director/feature anchor role at news/talk WJR.  In Grand Rapids, she’ll oversee the programming at classic rock WLAV, sports talk WBBL-FM, CHR WHTS, country WTNR, and news/talk WJRW.  Additionally, she’ll program WTNR “Nash 94-5” and host the afternoon drive show.  Cumulus Grand Rapids vice president and market manager Jeff Cartwright states, “We are thrilled to have Lori join our Grand Rapids team.  She is a true broadcast professional who brings a positive energy along with new programming ideas to our cluster.  I am excited to see what the future holds for our five stations with Lori here.”  Bennett replaces John Crenshaw, who was promoted to Cumulus’ Youngstown, Ohio cluster in July.

Mikey Adams Joins Binnie Media for Regional Show.  For 10 years a part of Entercom’s WEEI, Bostonadamsmikey hosting the evening program (also seen on New England Cable News during the 1990s) before exiting in June of this year, Mikey Adams is beginning a regional afternoon drive show on Binnie Media’s classic rock outlets WFNQ, Nashua, New Hampshire “106.3 FRANK-FM,” WFNK, Portland “107.5 FRANK-FM,” and WBYA, Rockland, Maine “105.5 FRANK-FM.”

kplviHeartMedia Turns ‘The Party’ into ‘The Mountain’ in Las Vegas.  Gone from the 93.1 frequency in Las Vegas is iHeartMedia’s CHR KPLV “The Party” and in is adult hits “93.1 The Mountain.”  The station’s premier talent is David Black who comes to Vegas from the company’s classic rock KDZA, Colorado Springs.  Personalities previously heard on “The Party” are remaining with the company.  Roxy Romeo is now heard on hip hop simulcast KPLV-HD2/K280DD “Real 103.9” and Johiah Hall becomes morning show producer for AC KSNE’s “Marco in the Morning.”

Autopsy Indicates Cocaine Contributed to Death of WQYK, Tampa’s Dave McKay. The results of themckaydave final autopsy on country WQYK, Tampa morning personality Dave McKay indicate that in addition to cardiovascular disease, alcohol and cocaine were contributing factors in his death back on August 4 at age 55.  McKay, a.k.a. Dave Ehmke, was much loved in the Tampa community.  In fact the city council of Pinellas Park has already approved the plan for a portion of 81st Avenue North to be named “Dave McKay Way.”

Madd Maxx Hammer Retires from Radio Biz.  Rock radio pro Madd Maxx Hammer is announcing hehammermaddmaxx will retire from the industry by year’s end.  Hammer started his career at KIBS, Bishop, California in 1976.  He joined the Z-Rock network in 1986, working with Wild Bill Scott on-air and handled programming duties.  He also hosted the nationally syndicated “Z-Rock 50” hard rock and heavy metal weekly countdown show.  Most recently, Hammer has been with DSN Radio’s digital RockRadio KDKT on air and served as an A&R rep for DSN Music’s rock division.  Hammer will continue in an advisory and consulting role for DSN as he winds down his tenure in broadcasting to pursue spiritual endeavors and deal with recent health concerns.

Monday, September 26, 2016

| September 26, 2016

Kim Guthrie Named to Replace Retiring Bill Hoffman as President of Cox Media Group.  After 38 years with Cox, Bill Hoffman is retiring from his Cox Media Group president post at the end of the year.  Taking over inguthriekim January will be current executive vice president of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps, Kim GuthrieCox Enterprises president and CEO John Dyer says, “Kim has been with Cox for nearly 20 years and is an inspirational leader who has helped our media properties transform.  She played a key role in the successful creation of Cox Media Group in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the media industry’s most influential leaders.  She is a natural fit to ensure Cox Media Group continues to deliver innovative products and compelling news content.”

Lew Dickey Pens Book on Changing Media Landscape.  The book is published by Tourbillion International – a subsidiary of the Dickey family-owned Modern Luxury Media – and is titled, The New Modern Media – Remaking Media for a Mobile Culture.  We now know what Lew Dickey has been doing since he was ousted from the Cumulus CEO role last year.  The book is described as “an indispensable guide to the profound dickeylewbook16and disruptive changes rocking the media industry.  It examines the implications of a new, mobile culture and challenges the widely held belief that most media companies’ true source of profits is their content.  It makes the case for the importance of distribution as a key driver of firm value in the legacy mediadickeylew business model, be it a newspaper, magazine, record label, television network, local broadcast television or radio station.”  In the book Dickey makes the case for why traditional “radio broadcasters will be unlikely to benefit from subscription revenue for their core service, leaving them highly exposed to the ad markets.”  iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman is quoted reviewing the book, “I’ve spent my entire professional life in the media business, and today technology is enabling media to evolve at an ever-faster pace to meet consumers’ changing needs. Lew’s book is a timely resource for anyone working or investing in the media industry – shedding an important light on some of the critical challenges and opportunities inherent in today’s vibrant and complex media landscape.”  Pittman’s iHeartRadio just announced a two-tier subscription service last week – clearly another step in the grand plan to transform iHeartMedia from a legacy radio company to a competitor in the digital entertainment industry.  But getting back to Lew’s book, it’s a safe bet this will be the talk of the radio business this week.

cbsradioReport: CBS RADIO to Take on $1.5 Billion in Debt.  This report from Reuters, says that sources are telling it that CBS RADIO is preparing to take on as much as $1.5 billion in debt ahead of its initial public offering that’s expected to take place but still has no firm time frame.  According the report, the bulk of the proceeds would be paid back to parent CBS Corp. with the rest to be used by CBS RADIO for “general corporate purposes.”  In its report, Reuters notes that “a radio company IPO may be a tough sale as new digital competitors have emerged and depressed advertising sales for the medium for years.”  Read the Reuters story here.

KRBQ, San Francisco Names Box Kev Night Jock.  After promoting “Hoodrat” Miguel to the afternoonboxkev drive daypart on its Bay Area rhythmic oldies station, Entercom names area radio personality Box Kev the host of the evening show at KRBQ “The Throwback Station.”  Box Kev got his start in radio at iHeartRadio’s crosstown hip hop KMEL as an intern and rose to host his own “The Hot Box” program.  KRBQ OM Elroy Smith says, “It’s an honor to name Box Kev as Q102’s nighttime personality.  He is extremely talented, creative, and entertaining, and is going to bring a fresh vibe to nights on Q.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Media figure Dwight Douglas announces he’s retiring from his vice president of marketing position at RCS and Media Monitors after 16-year career with the company.  Douglas is well known in the radio biz for his 20-year career with legendary radio consulting firm Burkhart-Abrams & Associates.   Prior to that he programmed WDVE and WYDD in Pittsburgh and WWDC, Washington…..Caleb James is named program director and afternoon personality at NRG Media’s rhythmic CHR KOPW, Omaha “POWER 106.9.”  James moves in from the company’s Lincoln, Nebraska operations…..Connoisseur Media ups Moss Jacobson from digital sales manager and GSM to director of digital sales at CHR WPST, Trenton.  Also, Suzanne Montoya is promoted to the general sales manager post.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  St. Louis country outlet “92.3 WIL” is presenting JingleFest on Friday, December 16 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri.  This 14th annual holiday concert presented by the Hubbard Radio station will this year feature: Chase Rice, Granger Smith, Maren Morris, and Kane Brown…..Jodesha Broadcasting has launched a new signal – KNBQ, Central Park, Washington – that is currently airing non-stop Christmas and holiday favorites throughout Thurston, Pierce, Grays Harbor, and South King Counties.  The All-Christmas format is programmed by Ken Moultrie’s The New Broadcast Partners.….GatesAir announces three important wins in Vietnam that signify the over-the-air TV and radio transformation taking shape across the Asia-Pacific region.  Vietnam Television recently placed two orders for transmitter network expansions.   On the radio side, Vietnam is investing in existing FM infrastructure with improvement and expansion projects.  Voice of Vietnam, the national radio broadcaster, recently ordered five Flexiva air-cooled solid-state transmitters — two 5kW and three 10kW models — for VOV4, which serves as the broadcaster’s Ethnic Languages Channel.

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Backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.  The sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival is in the books.  It took place over the weekend in Las Vegas with the evening performances taking place – hosted by Ryan Seacrest – at the T-Mobile Arena featuring artists including: U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Usher and more, plus this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5.  The CW Network also exclusively live streamed both nights of the festival via CWTV.com and The CW App, and will broadcast a two-night television special on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET.  Pictured above are (from l-r) “Sixx Sense” co-host Jenn Marino and recording artists Brad Shultz and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant.  Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.

Friday, September 23, 2016

| September 23, 2016

iheart-plus-270x81 iHeartMedia To Launch iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access. The two subscription services are set to debut next January. Considering approximately three of every four consumers (73%) continually cite radio as their primary source of music discovery, iHeartRadio president Darren Davis states, “We are making it easier than ever for iHeartRadio users to think of music discovery and collecting in a brand new and easy-to-use way. For the first time, when listeners hear a new or favorite song on the radio they can instantly replay a song and save it directly to a playlist. We are reimagining radio – with the new technologies and offerings powered by our on-demand options, music discovery, music collecting and the power of community and companionship fostered by live radio and influential and trusted personalities. No other digital music service can do this.” Chairman and chief executive officer of iHeartMedia Bob Pittman comments, “For decades, radio has remained the number one medium to reach consumers. While other streaming services have taken a iheart-allaccess-270x81music collection approach to digital streaming, no one has yet built a service incorporating on-demand technology with real live radio. Only iHeartMedia can leverage the power of radio and bring to market new and innovative ways to extend on-demand capabilities onto the iHeartRadio platform. It is a monumental shift for the industry as we lead the way into a new era of interactive radio.” Having reached license agreements with Warner Music Group; Sony Music Group; and Universal Music Group, iHeartRadio has also signed agreements with independent record labels and distributors including The Orchard, Entertainment One, INgrooves, DashGo, Naxos, and CD Baby. Universal Music Group chair and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge remarks, “We are glad to build upon our relationship with iHeart, which – under Bob Pittman’s leadership – continues to innovate the radio experience by adding distinct features and services and attract a broad audience that remains deeply passionate about music.” Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris notes, “This deal further expands our long-running successful relationship, and creates promising new commercial opportunities to engage with the millions of music fans who listen to iHeart every day. We look forward to working with them to develop premium music solutions for radio users.” Warner Music Group CEO Steve Cooper declares, “iHeart’s expertise and reach in radio programming and curation, combined with the full power of streaming technology, is a compelling prospect. These new services will open up the choice of experiences that iHeart offers music fans, while providing our artists and songwriters with a wider range of commercial and marketing opportunities.” Introduced at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2011, iHeartRadio is a free service; however, the price points for the two subscription services – iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access – have yet to be determined.

marconi-awards-logoMarconi Award Winners Announced. More than 20 Marconi Awards were presented last night (Thursday, 9/22) in Nashville. RadioInfo congratulates all the winners and nominees.

“Legendary Station of the Year”: CBS Radio New York all-news WINS

“Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year”: Premiere NetworksDeliah

“Major Market Personality of the Year”: Fred Toucher & Rich Shertenlieb (“Toucher & Rich”) of CBS Radio Boston’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub”

“Large Market Personality of the Year”: Brooke Fox & Jubal Flagg (“Brooke & Jubal”) of Hubbard Broadcasting Seattle rhythmic CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5”

“Medium Market Personality of the Year”: Chaz & AJ of Connoisseur Media New Haven rocker WPLR

“Small Market Personality of the Year”: Brent Carl Fleshman of Cookeville Communications’ Cookeville, Tennessee talker WHUB-AM “1400 The Hub” & W299BY “107.7 FM”

“Major Market Station of the Year”: Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “101.1 More FM,” Philadelphia

“Large Market Station of the Year”: Hearst talker WBAL, Baltimore

“Medium Market Station of the Year”: Cox Media Group Dayton country WHKO “K-99.1”

“Small Market Station of the Year”: Ham Broadcasting Cadiz, Kentucky country outlet WKDZ

“Adult Contemporary Station of the Year”: Lewanee Broadcasting‘s WLEN, Adrian, Michigan

“CHR Station of the Year”: Zimmer’s KTXY “Y-107,” Columbia, Missouri

“Classic Hits Station of the Year”: CBS Radio Los Angeles’ KRTH “K-Earth 101”

“Country Station of the Year”: Cox Media Group Houston’s KKBQ “The New 93-Q”

“News-Talk Station of the Year”: Hubbard’s WTOP, Washington, D.C.

“Noncommercial Station of the Year”: Seton Hall University rock WSOU, South Orange, New Jersey

“Religious Station of the Year”: Salem Media Group Dallas’ KLTY

“Rock Station of the Year”: Zimmer’s KCMQ, Columbia, Missouri

“Spanish Station of the Year”: CBS Radio Houston’s KLOL “Mega 101”

“Sports Station of the Year”: CBS Radio Detroit’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket”

“Urban Station of the Year”: Howard University-owned WHUR, Washington, D.C.

wbbm-fm-2016-jingle-bashBritney Spearheads WBBM-FM “Jingle Bash.” The holiday event presented by CBS Radio Chicago CHR WBBM “B-96” headlined by Britney Spears takes place (Saturday) December 10 at Rosemont, Illinois’ Allstate Arena. Others – in addition to Spears – scheduled to appear at the “B-96 Pepsi Jingle Bash” are Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Chainsmokers,  OneRepublic, G-Eazy, DNCE, and Alessia Cara. Assistant program director and music director Erik Bradley states, “On paper, it feels like this might be one of the best lineups we’ve ever had – and that bar has been set pretty high over the years. We are so thankful to our label partners, managers, agents, and especially all of the ‘Jingle Bash’ artists for helping to make this what we hope will be an all-time moment for the fans who will be there to enjoy it.” Tickets for the “B-96 Jingle Bash” go on-sale tomorrow (Saturday, 9/24) at 12:00 noon. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s August 2016 PPM report for Chicago, “B-96” ranks tenth (3.4, 6+), while format rival – iHeartMedia‘s WKSC “Kiss-FM” – is fourth (4.5, 6+); all-news WBBM-AM is on top with a 6.1 (6+).

cookeholland2016-radio-show-logoNAB/RAB Radio Show: Final Day Wrap-Up. Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Nashville covering the NAB/RAB Radio Show for RadioInfo and he presents a compact report of some of day two’s key takeaways. Among them are sound bites from radio’s captains of industry and key players from the “Radio Show Advertiser Breakfast.” Also included are Cooke’s notes from a variety of digital media- and marketing-oriented sessions, including those run by Dave Ramsey, Gordon Borrell and more. See it all here.

mckayjeff-2“Heard” In Nashville. While noted media consultant Holland Cooke is providing our exclusive coverage of panels and presentations taking place at this week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville, special features correspondent Jeff McKay is talking to attendees about what is being said at the events. Click here to see what people are telling him.

nelson-rayNelson Named VP/MM For Cumulus Huntsville. Former vice president/general manager/cluster director of sales for Cox Radio Birmingham, Ray Nelson, is appointed vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media‘s cluster in Huntsville (Alabama). Cumulus Media senior vice president Jeff Brown comments, “Ray’s track record of success speaks for itself. Adding him to our team of market managers was an absolute no-brainer. I am excited for Ray cumulus-huntsvilleand for our talented team in Huntsville.” Nelson notes, “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Cumulus Huntsville cluster; Huntsville is a fabulous growth market. I appreciate the confidence that Jeff Brown and the entire Cumulus management team have demonstrated in selecting me to champion Cumulus Huntsville.” Nelson’s previous background includes vice president and market manager for Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) Ann Arbor (Michigan) and general manager/general sales manager/national sales manager for Fritz Broadcasting Saginaw (also Michigan). Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio’s spring 2016 book for Huntsville, Cumulus Media-owned CHR WZYP is #2 (7.7); WHRP “Today’s Best Variety of R&B” ranks #3 (4.8); AM-FM talk combo WVNN finishes #5 (3.1); country WWFF “Nash Icon 93.3” is #8 (1.3); and AM-FM sports duo WUMP “The Ump” ranks #10 (.6). Leading the field is iHeartMedia country outlet WDRM (11.1, 12+).

payne-ken WOLL Names Payne APD. Longtime Florida programmer Ken Payne joins iHeartMedia West Palm Beach adult contemporary outlet WOLL “KOOL 105.5” as assistant program director. Senior vice president of programming Rad Messick notes, “My first experience with Ken came during his tenure at iHeartMedia [Orlando adult contemporary WMGF] ‘Magic 107.7.’ His stationswoll have always been ratings winners, known for fun and timely content from strong personalities along with outstanding social interaction. We are ecstatic to welcome Ken and his wealth of Florida experience to ‘Team KOOL.'” Payne comments that he is “super excited to rejoin the iHeartMedia family and to work with Rad and market president Chris Soechtig in West Palm Beach. The ‘Kool 105.5’ brand is iconic. I am honored to be along for the ride as it continues to dominate the South Florida market.” Payne most recently programmed Entercom Miami classic hits-oldies WMXJ “Magic 102.7.” His previous West Palm Beach experience includes being operations manager for WRMF and WRLX. Prior to that, he was program director of Wichita’s KRBB and KXLK. The top three stations (6+) in Nielsen Audio’s August 2016 PPM report for West Palm Beach are Alpha Media hot AC WRMF (8.0), adult contemporary sibling WEAT “Sunny 107.9” (7.9), and WOLL (6.5).

scott-taylorScott Boosted to WZPL Music Director. Programming assistant Taylor Scott is elevated to music director at Entercom Indianapolis mainstream CHR WZPL “99-5 ZPL.” Operations manager and program director J.R. Ammons states, “Taylor has proven time and time again that he is ready for this challenge. He is as talented as anybody I have ever worked with; he is funny, smart, and he has a tremendous positive attitude. I am really excited to see him grow within our organization.” Scott will continue his 7:00 pm – 12:00 midnight on-air duties on hot AC sibling WNTR “107.9 The Mix.” According to August 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM data, WZPL ranks second (7.6, 6+), one-tenth behind Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” (7.7, 6+).

carter-melissaCarter, WSB-FM to Celebrate Atlanta Pride Festival. Atlanta’s first openly LGBT morning show host – Melissa Carter (“The Tad & Melissa Show”) of Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B-98.5 – will be part of next month’s (10/9) 46th annual Atlanta Pride Festival and she will make atlanta-prideappearances in the “B-98.5” booth at the marketplace throughout the weekend. Carter comments, “I remember my first Atlanta Pride right after college, because it was really the first time I realized I wasn’t the only gay person in the world. Many do not realize how isolating it is to grow up gay since – unlike other minorities – you are likely the only one in your family dealing with the struggle. That alone is why so many kids and adults stay in the closet, out of fear of rejection in their own home. To see thousands at Atlanta Pride just like you gathered together in support and celebration is truly life-changing.” Carter was one of the hosts of “Radio with a Twist,” the first syndicated show geared exclusively toward the LGBT community. She currently writes the “That’s What She Said” column in GA Voice. Up or flat for the third successive sweep (4.4 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+), “B-98.5” is sixth in the August 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report; co-owned talker WSB-AM (9.4, 6+) is #1.

metallicaStern Set to Welcome Metallica. After a live performance next Monday (9/26) on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM show (channel “Howard 100”), Metallica will record a special “SiriusXM Town Hall” episode with writer/SiriusXM host David Fricke. It will air November 17, the day before the release of the band’s album – “Hardwired … To Self-Destruct.” Meanwhile, “Mandatory Metallica” will return for a third run November 16 – 23. That SiriusXM channel – as well as rock channel “Octane” – will air the “Town Hall” show. “Mandatory Metallica” originally aired on SiriusXM in 2009 and again in 2013 when the band performed a private concert for SiriusXM at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica has sold 110 million albums.

“Heard” at the NAB/RAB Radio Show – Day Two

| September 23, 2016

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

mckayjeffwriter2016-radio-show-logoNASHVILLE – Day two of the Radio Show in Nashville included sessions about the connected car featuring Fred Jacobs; a conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; and it culminated with the Marconi Awards reception. Here are some conversations that took place in the halls of the Omni Hotel, and four blocks away at the home of Cumulus Media, where I was treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the NASH America Morning Show.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

| September 22, 2016

Britt Waters New Evening Personality on ’94.7 Fresh FM’ in DC.  The newest voice on CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Britt Waters, who takes over the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight watersbrittdaypart on Wednesday, October 5.  Waters started her career on the nationally syndicated “Russ Parr Morning Show” where she served as on-air talent and producer for three years.  Waters also hosts the weekly DC Network show, “The Sound,” in which she hosts and speaks with local musical artists from the Washington scene.  CBS RADIO Washington VP of programming Steve Davis comments, “I am very excited to have Britt join the ‘Fresh’ family.  Britt is an incredible, smart young talent with amazing potential.  There is no doubt in my mind, she is a future star!”

Big Red Returns to Adams Radio at ‘K107’ in Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland.  Programming pro Larry Wnorowski, a.k.a. Big Red, had most recently programmed Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT,wnorowskilarrybigred Las Cruces, New Mexico before leaving the company.  Now, he’s back with the company to serve as PD and afternoon host at country WKHI, Salisbury-Ocean City “K107.”  Adams Radio CEO Ron Stone comments, “There are times when an amazing employee leaves for all the right reasons.  And sometimes they come home.  We could not be happier than to have Big Red back home.  Red did an incredible job for us in Las Cruces, sets the standard for ‘team player’ and I have no doubt we will see a repeat of his success in Maryland.”

Ellison Promoted at Entercom Madison.  Radio pro Myra Ellison is named director of marketing, promotions & web for Entercom’s Madison station group.  She had most recently been with the company as ellisonmyrapromotions director for hot AC WNTR, Indianapolis “107.9 The Mix.”  Cluster OM Chase Daniels says, “After a nationwide search, we have finally found the person who will be able to handle marketing, promotions, and web for Entercom Madison.  I have been lucky enough to have worked with Myra in both Atlanta and Indianapolis.  Myra is total radio.  She has worked in several departments, making her perfect for this role.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Entercom’s San Francisco adult contemporary KOIT, Charly Kayle exits the morning show, leaving Andrew Hart in the AM drive daypart solo for now…..Nicole Ortega, a.k.a. Nicki G, exits her midday jock position at Wine Country Radio’s CHR KSXY, Santa Rosa, California “Y100.9” to join Entercom’s San Francisco station group as a sales assistant…..After two years with Radio One’s urban AC WMMJ, Washington hosting the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show, Michel Wright exits.  No replacement has been announced, yet.

cookehollandNAB/RAB Radio Show: ‘A Snapshot of Where the Radio Industry Is At.’ Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Nashville covering the NAB/RAB Radio Show for RadioInfo and he presents a compact report of some of day one’s key takeaways.  Among them are sound bites from radio’s captains of industry and key players from the “Broadcast Finance Forecast 2016 Leadership Breakfast.”  Also included are Cooke’s notes from Edison Research’s “Share the Road: The Changing In-Car Audio Space” report presented at Tuesday’s RAIN Summit and David Oxenford’s invaluable “Legal Snapshot: Issues for Audio Services” presentation from that event.  See it all here.

trueoldiesScott Shannon’s ‘True Oldies Channel’ Returns to Radio Syndication.  This deal with United Stations Radio Networks brings Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” back into radio syndication after a two-year hiatus.  Shannon and USRN note that “The True Oldies Channel” was originally launched by the ABC Radio Network which then evolved into Citadel Media, and during its original run the channel was heard on approximately 100 radio stations.  The new distribution technology – cloud-based distribution developed by Synchronicity, Inc – has been beta tested in four different markets, and is now ready for a national rollout.  The “True Oldies Channel” was developed by Shannon in 2004 after he noticed the classic hits stations modernizing their playlists and leaving “true oldies” behind.

wbtwlnk-duo-logoJob Opportunities at WBT and WLNK in Charlotte.  There are three positions available at Greater Media’s Charlotte operations.  First, News Talk 1110 WBT is looking for a fun, outgoing, hands-on and dedicated individual with entry level event planning experience for a full-time position in our Marketing and Promotions Department.  This position works to ensure the timely and successful execution of promotions, contests and events through teamwork and coordination with other departments and staff.  See more about that position here.  Second, WBT/WLNK seek part-time Event Relations Team Members.  They are committed to providing extraordinary customer service to WBT/WLNK radio station listeners and event guests at WBT or WLNK sanctioned events.  Find more here.  And last, News Talk 1110 WBT and 107.9 The Link is looking for an outgoing, sharp, dedicated individual for a full-time, seasonal position as our Ice Rink Project Leader.  The project leader will help in the planning, building, operation, and execution of the Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink, to ensure the successful execution of the promotion through guidance, teamwork, and coordination with other staff.  Find out more about that here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

| September 21, 2016

kubtiHeartMedia Names Personality Lineup for Rhythmic CHR KUBT, Honolulu.  The morning show on iHeartMedia Honolulu’s new rhythmic CHR KUBT “93.9 The BEAT” comes from Ohana Broadcasting’s crosstown CHR KDDB “102.7 The Bomb” as Sam The Man and Hawaiian Ryan return to the signal at which they both began their careers back in the 1990s.  The jock lineup is rounded out by former crosstown CHR KPHW “Power 104.3” personality Romeo Valentine in middays (he’s also the new digital PD for the company’s Honolulu market), Ray Styles in afternoon drive (from iHM’s KYLD, San Francisco), and Julian Lee, a.k.a. The Night Ninja for evenings.   iHeartMedia Honolulu SVP of programming Jamie Hyatt says, “Talk about a dream team lineup perfect for Honolulu.  I’ve been a fan of Sam & Ryan from afar for years so I’m super-excited to finally get the chance to work with these extremely talented guys. The rest of our team on ‘The Beat’ is solid, too.  At the same time, KUBT’s HD2 signal/ K256AS simulcast flips from the EDM format “Evolution” to classic hip hop branded as “99.1 Jamz.”

Programming Changes at Cumulus Media’s WZNS, Fort Walton Beach and WABD, Mobile Start with ‘Zazza Mornings with Cheree.’  The WAOA, Melbourne, Florida-based “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” –zazzacheree16 hosted by Tony Zazza and Cheree Carter – is being added to the morning drive daypart at Cumulus Media’s CHR outlets WZNS, Fort Walton Beach, Florida “Z96,” and  WABD, Mobile, Alabama, effective Monday (9/26).  Other changes at the two stations include WZNS’ Gilligan moving from mornings to middays and Hayden starting the PM drive show at 2:00 pm.  At WABD, John Marty move from mornings to PM drive and Sid Kelly slides down to middays.  Cumulus regional vice president Pete DeSimone states, “This is true collaboration for our Florida and Alabama markets.  It’s an example of a talented morning show given the opportunity to grow within the new Cumulus.  I worked with Tony and Cheree in Melbourne and I’m very confident they will bring the same successful listener experience to the Gulf Coast markets.”

RAIN Summit Nashville 2016.  Media consultant Holland Cooke is reporting from Nashville for RadioInfo and as the NAB/RAB Radio Show opens today, he files a report from Tuesday’s RAIN cookehollandSummit.  A slate of presenters reported research results, and programming and advertising philosophies relevant to connecting with audio consumers, including Summit organizer Kurt Hanson, who reminded attendees that “1 in every 5 audio minutes” is consumed via smartphone.  Read thoughts about the changing world of audio consumption from: Triton Digital’s John Rosso, audioBoom’s Brendan Regan, Audible’s Eric Nuzum, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Cox Media’s Tim Clarke, and more, here.

therevolutionRFC Media Debuts Two New 24/7 Music Formats.  Radio pros Patrick Fant and Cruze are the co-founders of RFC Media which is launching “next generation” 24/7 full-service radio formats for broadcasters.  “THE PLANET” is described as a hip, hit-driven hot AC and “THE REVOLUTION” is dubbed “a perfectly balanced alternative rock.  RFC Media’s SuiteRadio says both formats are hosted by veteran, major-market air personalities and are totally customizable.  National ad sales is being handled by United Stations Radio Networks and syndication is offered via Colbert Media Group.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  America’s longest-running syndicated blues music program, “Blues Deluxe,” is airing itsbluesdeluxe 1,500th show next week (9/26 – 10/2).  Original producer and host Dave Johnson presents the weekly, one-hour program that focuses on rock-oriented blues music tracks and interviews.  For more information, contact bluesdeluxe@juno.com…..SiriusXM is presenting a special edition of “The YouTube EDM 15” hosted by artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers at the YouTube Space in New York City on September 22.  This special edition of the show will be recorded live in front of an audience of SiriusXM subscribers and coincides with the second anniversary of the wdveweekly show and the duo’s chart-topping success of its latest single “Closer.”…..The ninth annual “DVE Rocks for Children’s Radiothon” raised more than $605,000 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, making it the third year in a row the event surpassed $600,000 in donations.  The radiothon broadcast live from the Eat’n Park Atrium at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17 with WDVE, Pittsburgh personalities Randy Baumann, Bill Crawford, Val Porter, Mike Prisuta, Michele Michaels and Sean McDowell taking part.  With this year’s fundraising, the event has exceeded more than $4 million in total giving for Children’s Hospital over the past nine years.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

| September 20, 2016

Bold Gold Buys Three Signals in the Catskills.  This expansion of Vince Benedetto-run Bold Gold Media Group will add three more New York signals to the one it already owns there – country WDNB, Jeffersonville “Thunder 102.”  The Watermark Communications signals being bought are classic hits combo boldgoldmediagroup-logoWVOS-AM/FM (licensed to Liberty, New York), and hot AC WSUL (licensed to Monticello, New York).  Benedetto calls the pact “a coming together of two great, locally focused,benedettovince community-oriented broadcast operations.”  He adds, “I could not have more respect and admiration for these stations and their staff and their long legacy of serving the residents of Sullivan and Orange Counties.  We look forward to working together and continuing important traditions, such as Watermark’s annual WSUL/WVOS Heart-A-Thon which, for almost four decades, has benefited the Catskill Regional Medical Center in excess of $3 million.   We believe in the long-term potential of Sullivan County and the Catskills and are excited to expand our investment in the region.”  Benedetto expects the deal to close this year and says he does not anticipate “any major changes or surprises” for the stations.  When the deal is consummated, Bold Gold will own 12 stations in New York and Pennsylvania.

Kitchin to Consult The Mix Group.  Radio exec Kraig Kitchin is entering into a consultant relationship withkitchinkraig radio imaging and production firm The Mix Group.  Kitchin is co-president of SoundMind LLC, which manages the businesses of high-profile broadcast personalities and companies.  He’s also the chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame.  On joining The Mix Group, Kitchin says, “Once stations discover The Mix Group, there’s no turning back.  Jason [Garte] and his team of talented producers create an exceptional sound that differentiates a station from all others in the market.  The individual attention to detail for each station client is really remarkable.”

Gabe Buch Named Producer for KMLE, Phoenix’s ‘Chris & Nina’ Morning Show.  Radio pro Gabe Buch is trading in his parka for a pair of flip flops as he leaves Wisconsin to head to Phoenix to be producer forbuchgabe the Chris & Nina morning show CBS RADIO’s country KMLE.  CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards says, “We searched near and far for the perfect candidate to fit the Chris & Nina brand and Gabe stood out from the crowd.  His well-rounded experience as a program director, morning talent and radio Renaissance man made Gabe an easy choice for KMLE.  We are excited to work with him.”  Buch has most recently been serving as PD, morning show host and music director WQPC/WPRE in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

wrrvCool Morning Show Gig.  In the Hudson Valley market, Townsquare Media is looking for a replacement for morning co-host Deuce at its alternative WRRV (Deuce is heading off to law school!).  Townsquare says, “Applicants must be social media savvy, regularly contribute content to the station’s website and YouTube channel, and the successful candidate must be able to connect and engage with the station’s target audience by keeping up with relevant trends and pop culture.”  If that’s you, see more info about the gig here.

NJBA President Paul Rotella Reiterates Call to Activate FM Chip in Smartphones.  Citing the importance of receiving crucial information during emergencies, New Jersey Broadcasters Association president Paul Rotella is asking senators and congressman to again urge Verizon to activate the FM chips in njba-logosmartphones that it sells.  Referencing the bombings in New York and the bombs found in New Jersey over the weekend, he writes, in part, “One year ago to the day, I wrote to you to urge the adoption of a mandate to light up the FM chip in all smartphones. The tragic events this past week in our state and in New York now make this request a matter the highest urgency, as well as a matter of national security.  For almost a century, New Jersey’s radio broadcasters have been the primary source of critical information to the public in the event ofrotellapaul disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, snowstorms, earthquakes, tsunamis, solar storms, terrorist violence, mass transportation accidents, and industrial or technological catastrophes.  This important role can be both before an impending event, to warn the public as we did before Hurricane Sandy, or help law enforcement through life saving AMBER Alerts, but most importantly, after a catastrophic event.  In an emergency, the role of broadcasters is even more important because they serve local communities with essential, fact-checked, reliable information, and they distribute it to all within the broadcast signal.  Today, the most common battery operated device readily available to our citizens may be a smart phone, but it is useless without cell service.  However, with an activated radio chip, a smart phone will function similar to the time-proven reliable transistor radios found in emergency kits around the globe, providing our citizens with information essential for survival.  This includes where food, water and shelter are available; where FEMA and other humanitarian assistance are located.”  Rotella is asking that bill be filed to make chip activation a reality.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallMichael Harrison Chats with the ‘First Lady of New York Radio’ – Joan Hamburg.  She is one of the most-honored, longest-running, and dazzlingly colorful talk radio personalities in the Big Apple – the quintessential live-and-local host. Joan Hamburg’s career in NYC goes back to the legendary WMCA in the early 1970s where she replaced Bob Grant.  From there, she moved over to WOR as a featured personality on the historic “Rambling with Gambling” show. She quickly had her own daily midday show where she stayed for more than three decades covering a wide spectrum of topics that included consumer advocacy, shopping, dining, arts & entertainment and “soft” politics.  Joan Hamburg was a pioneer in modern remote broadcasting and regularly performed her showhamburgjoan from, among many locations, the storied Broadway celebrity hangout, Sardi’s.  For the past few years, Hamburg, now in her eighties, has been holding court live on-air every Saturday afternoon on WABC in addition to producing special features and stories for the station… and she still does remotes from Sardi’s.  The conversation between Harrison and Hamburg is a radiophile’s delight – covering remarkable history including such names as Sally Jessy Raphael, the three John Gamblings, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Rick Buckley, Barry Gray, Dr. Joy Browne and many, many more.  Harrison states, “It was an honor and privilege having this true ‘grand dame’ of radio on the podcast. We cover so much wonderful history including the golden era of Broadway. She harkens back to the day when talk radio offered a wide variety of lifestyle topics beyond politics and sports.  I am really proud of this interview – it will always be a treasured addition to the amazing audio library of media history that I am gathering in this podcast series.”  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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