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Thursday, October 27, 2016

| October 27, 2016

nielsen-logoRound Three of October 2016 PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of data from Nielsen Audio’s October 2016 PPM survey 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 October 2016 survey period covered September 8 – October 5. View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian ( provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.


1) Portland – Down a combined one-half share in August and September (4.3 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+), Alpha Media talker KXL (tenth kxlto eighth) rebounds with a full-share increase to 4.8, its strongest 6+-stat in almost three years (4.9, November 2013). A little less than three months ago (8/1), co-owned classic hits-oldies KWLZ transitioned to rhythmic CHR KWEE; “WE-96.3” is up seven-tenths from September (1.1 – 1.8, 6+) finishing at #21. Performing below a one-share the pastkych five sweeps, sports cluster-mate KXTG “The Game” more than doubles its September .6 (6+) with a +.9 to 1.5 and checks in at #22 (6+). Jumping from seventh to a third-place tie, Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything” registers its sixth straight sweep without a decrease for a combined +1.4 since April (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+). Without an increase since June, classic rock sibling KGON (#10 to #12) is at 3.8 for the third straight time (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+). Following five successive down or flat trends that produced a combined -1.2 (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s similarly programmed KFBW “105.9 The Brew – Portland’s Rock Station” (#13 to #11) answers with a gain of eight-tenths to 3.9 (6+). A decline of eight-tenths by adult contemporary sibling KKCW (7.8, 6+) curtails three consecutive progressive trends that netted a +1.5 (7.1 – 7.6 – 8.3 – 8.6, 6+). Nonetheless, “K-103” is #1 for the 28th time in the last 30 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 since June 2014 (6.6). Following a September gain of one-half share – which ended three consecutive down or flat trends (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+) – CHR sibling CHR KKRZ “Z-100” regresses by one full-share to 4.3 and drifts from sixth to tenth. It is the lowest 6+-showing for “Z-100” since December’s 4.2. Public jazz outlet KMHD (steady at #19) has its third straight increase (1.2 – 1.4 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+) and achieves its best 6+-share in more than six years (2.2, June 2010). In the market’s country contest, Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull” (5.1, +.2, eighth to sixth, 6+) overtakes Entercom’s KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf – Great Country for the Great Northwest” (-.7, fourth to seventh). “The Wolf” is down for the third straight sweep and is -1.7 since July (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.0, 6+). Conversely, “The Bull” halts a mini-slide that produced a -.6 (5.5 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+). After three straight up or flat trends (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.5 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH “106.7 The Eagle” (third to fifth) forfeits six-tenths of the nine-tenths it gained since June.

2) Charlotte – After back-to-back 3.1 showings (6+) in July and August, WBT dropped to 2.7 (6+) in September. The (soon-to-be wbtEntercom) talk property, however, dusts itself with a mighty +1.4 to 4.1 as it rockets into the top ten (#15 to #8). This is the first time the Carolina Panthers’ flagship has reached the four-share level (6+) since January 2014 (4.2). After four successive down or flat sweeps that produced a -1.1 (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO added two-tenths in September and now tacks on anwlko additional nine-tenths (4.2 – 5.1, 6+); “102.9 The Lake” climbs from eighth to sixth. Improving by eight-tenths each are co-owned WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” (5.4, sixth to fifth, 6+) and Beasley Media Group urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” (4.7 – 5.5, fifth to fourth, 6+). Bouncing back from September’s -1.4 to 4.6, its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2013 (4.3, 6+), “The Kat” had been without an increase the past four sweeps (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 4.6, 6+) for a combined -2.4. Tied for ninth-place are Beasley Media Group CHR WNKS “95.1 Kiss FM” (4.3 – 4.0, -.3, down from seventh, 6+) and its format rival – iHeartMedia-owned WHQC “Channel 96.1” (3.9 – 4.0, +.1, up from #11, 6+). Up one-tenth to 7.9 (6+), WRFX “The Fox” is on top for the sixth successive sweep. The iHeartMedia classic rocker shared top honors in July and August with Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits,” which continues in second place (7.2 – 7.3, +.1, 6+). “Country’s Greatest Hits” occupied the #1 spot the first four months of the year before dropping to third-place in May. By posting a +.3 in September, adult contemporary cluster-mate WKQC (tenth to ninth) ended three consecutive downward trends that yielded a -1.3 (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+), but “K-104.7” regresses by six-tenths to 3.5 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #13). Entering the September ratings period, co-owned WBAV “V-101.9” was in 5.1 – 5.9 (6+) territory 13 straight times but notched a +.9 to 6.8 (6+). Despite returning one-half share, the urban AC remains in third-place (6.3, 6+). In four straight increases (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+), Davidson College-owned WDAV was a combined +1.4, but the classical outlet relinquishes nine-tenths of that increase (2.8, 6+) and skids from #12 to #15.

3) Pittsburgh – The #1 – #2 – #3 finish by iHeartMedia includes a gain of two-tenths by mainstream CHR WKST “Kiss wdve96.1″ (7.2 – 7.4, 6+) allowing it to advance from fifth to third. Owing to a loss of two-tenths in September, WDVE halted its string of positive or flat trends at five (8.7 – 8.8 – 8.8 – 9.2 – 9.8 – 10.3, 6+). Not only does it respond with a one-half share gain in October to 10.4 – its strongest 6+-stat since November’s 10.9 – the iHeartMedia rocker proceeds from second-place to first.wxdx It displaces co-owned classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS,” which erodes by -1.1 (10.6 – 9.5, 6+) and drops to the runner-up slot. WWSW was ousted from the top spot in August after six consecutive months there. Also declining by a hefty -1.1 (7.6 – 6.5, 6+) is CBS Radio‘s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan,” which logged a +.6 in September. The Pittsburgh Pirates flagship slumps from fourth to sixth; September’s 7.6 was its strongest 6+-showing since October 2015’s 10.1. This is the fourth straight time iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “The X at 105.9” holds down the #11 slot. “The X,” which hadn’t had an increase since May (5.6 – 5.6 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+), gains four-tenths to 3.3. Although unchanged at #9, CBS Radio hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7 Plays the Hits” registers its third straight gain of one-tenth (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+), while Steel City Media‘s similarly programmed WLTJ “Q-92.9” – which has been in 2.1 – 2.9 range the past 14 sweeps – is +.1 to 2.6 (steady at #12, 6+). Up a combined seven-tenths since July (7.0 – 7.3 – 7.7, 6+), adult hits cluster-mate WRRK “Bob FM” surrenders five-tenths (7.2, 6+), sliding from third to fourth. Simultaneous with iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 – Pittsburgh’s #1 for New Country” improving by four-tenths (4.0 – 4.4, steady at #10, 6+), cross-town competitor, CBS Radio-owned WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s Country” (flat at #7) drops four-tenths and is off for the third straight sweep (7.0 – 6.6 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+). Owing to a -.4 in August, WDSY 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+). After seven straight 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.


4) Sacramento – It has been a seesaw scenario lately for iHeartMedia‘s KFBK, which has been +.8 in August; -1.4 in kfbkSeptember; and now +1.2 in October (7.3 – 8.1 – 6.7 – 7.9, 6+). The news-talk hybrid reached 9.1 (6+) in March and it remains 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. Its urban-rhythmic oldies sibling KHYL “V-101” (#13 to #11) is up three-tenths to 3.2 (6+), applying thekhyl-fmlarge brakes to three straight down or flat trends for a net loss of eight-tenths (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+). Although steady at #10, co-owned KBEB “B-92.5 – #1 for New Country” gains six-tenths to 3.8, its best 6+-stat since June 2015 (3.9). Meanwhile, CBS Radio-owned KNCI “New Country 105.1” (unchanged at #4) forfeits seven-tenths of September’s +1.1 (4.7 – 5.8 – 5.1, 6+). Prior to September, KNCI last crossed the five-share level (6+) with a 5.1 in September 2015. Following three consecutive 2.1 showings (6+), the market’s other country player – Entravision Communications’ KNTY “101.9 The Wolf” – gains two-tenths to 2.3 (#18 to #16). Going back to January and including its current October stat, the extremely consistent 6+-line for “The Wolf” is 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3. Capital Public Radio classical facility KXPR (#21) betters its September 6+-share by one-half share to 1.4, its strongest figure since last November’s 1.7. Down eight-tenths since July (10.3 – 9.9 – 9.5, 6+), Entercom classic rock KSEG “The Eagle” picks up one-tenth to 9.6 (6+) and is #1 for the ninth straight ratings period. After consecutive downtrends (in May and June) that produced a -1.2 (10.6 – 9.8 – 9.4, -.4, 6+), KSEG posted a +.9 in July. When “The Eagle” faltered by eight-tenths in May, it witnessed an end to three consecutive increases (8.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.6, 6+) that netted a combined +1.7. Following September’s dramatic -1.7, CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” sputters by another one-half share  (7.6 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+) but remains in third-place for the third successive sweep. Prior to September, “Mix” had been up or flat the previous four monthlies (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.1 – 7.6 – 7.6, 6+). Backsliding from fifth to sixth, Entercom CHR KDND “107.9 The End” drops three-tenths to 4.4 (6+), thus ending six straight up or flat trends that yielded a +1.1 (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+); September 2016’s 4.7 was its highest 6+-share since September 2015‘s 4.8. On the heels of a +.7 in September, Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KGRB “Radio Lazer 94-3” surrenders all but one-tenth (1.7 – 1.1, -.6, 6+) and drops out of the top 20 (#19 to #23). The May through August pattern for “Radio Lazer” was .9 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.0 (6+).

5) San Antonio – Three of the top four October 2016 finishers are Cox Media Group properties, including KCYY “Y-100 – San kcyyAntonio’s New Country Leader,” which is up for the third straight time for a net +1.5 (6.0 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 7.5, 6+). Cruising from second to first, “Y-100” posts its best 6+-stat since April 2015’s 8.1. Co-owned classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (first to second) though is off by one full-share (8.3 – 7.3, 6+) and exits the top spot after nine straightkiss-fm-san-antonio sweeps there. Before dropping from #1 to #2 in the “Holiday” 2015 report, KONO-FM was #1 in 17 of the previous 22 monthlies; 7.1 is its lowest 6+-share since July 2015 (7.1). Also in the top three is cluster-mate KISS “Rocks San Antonio,” up for the third consecutive ratings period (4.9 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 5.8, fourth to third, 6+) and matching the 5.8 it recorded in the “Holiday” 2015 report. A +1.2 (2.2 – 3.4, 6+) enables Alpha Media regional Mexican KSAH-FM “Norteno 104.1” to climb from #15 to #13. Enjoying its best 6+-stat since February 2012 (when it reached 1.9, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZAR “Air 1 Positive Hits” gains one-half share to 1.8 and enters the top 20 (#20). Returning in its entirety the six-tenths it garnered in September, iHeartMedia country outlet KAJA “KJ-97” drops from third to fifth (5.5 – 6.1 – 5.5, 6+); September’s 6.1 was the highest 6+-stat for “KJ-97” since last November (also 6.1). Also faltering by six-tenths – following a one-half share decline in September – is Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.0, eighth to tenth), 6+).

6) Cincinnati – Boasting gains of eight-tenths each are Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit wkrqMusic” (6.1 – 6.9, steady at #4, 6+) and Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSL “Old School 100.3” (2.7 – 3.5, #14 to #13, 6+). “Q-102” had been without an increase the past five sweeps (8.1 – 7.5 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.1, 6+), losing two full-shares since April. Over the previous 13 survey periods, “Old School 100.3” was in 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+). Good news for thewosl market’s two iHeartMedia all-sports outlets as WCKY “ESPN 1530″ improves by seven-tenths (1.0 – 1.7, #19 to #16, 6+) and sibling WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is up one-half share (.3 – .8, #21, 6+). It is the best 6+showing for WCKY since February (also 1.7), while the WSAI increase halts a consecutive string of down or flat trends at six (1.0 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+). Steady at 9.8 (6+) after September’s +1.2, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR “103.5 WGRR” repeats at #1. 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+). Albeit steady at #9, iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107” is off for the third successive time for a combined -1.4 (5.9 – 5.4 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+). In September, co-owned WLW fell below a nine-share (6+) for the first time since March 2014 (8.8). Now the heritage talker/Cincinnati Reds flagship slips below an eight-share (9.2 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+) with the longtime dominant “Big One” segueing from a second-place tie to an even more unaccustomed third-place.


7) Cleveland – Notwithstanding that it has been frozen at #12 since February, CBS Radio‘s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The wkrkFan” doubles September’s +.6 with a +1.2 (2.7 – 3.3 – 4.5, 6+). The +.6 this time last month by the Cleveland Browns flagship ended three consecutive down or flat trends for a combined -1.4 (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 2.7, 6+). Stuck on 5.0 (6+) in July, August, and September, iHeartMedia rocker WMMS erupts with a +.8 to 5.8,wmms its best 6+-stat since August 2014 (6.1), and cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). A loss of seven-tenths in September by classic hits-oldies sibling WMJI brought to a close five straight gains for a cumulative +1.2 (10.3 – 10.7 – 10.9 – 11.3 – 11.4 – 11.5, 6+). With a -1.2 (10.8 – 9.6, 6+), October proves to be even tougher for “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits,” but it is #1 for the tenth 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+). This is the first time in the last 17 ratings periods that WMJI is not in double-digits (6+). Stuck on 6.1 (6+) in August and September, Radio One urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9” falters by nine-tenths to 5.2 (6+) and exits the top ten (#7 to #11). After each declined in September by one-half share, iHeartMedia adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake” (8.9 – 8.4 – 7.7, second to third, 6+) and CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK “Star 102” (7.8 – 7.3 – 6.8, unchanged at #4, 6+) now regress by seven-tenths and (another) one-half share, respectively. 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 had been in the runner-up slot the past four reports. “Star” notched a 7.8 (6+) in May, July, and August.

8) Salt Lake City – Among all the stations in the 36 PPM-markets whose data has been released so far, only iHeartMedia kslMinneapolis sports outlet KFXN has a larger (6+) September 2016 – October 2016 increase (+2.2, 6+) than Bonneville Salt Lake City talker KSL (6.1 – 8.1, +2.0, 6+), which vaults from fifth to first. It is the most potent 6+-figure for KSL in exactly two years (9.1, October 2014). Departing the top spot (that it held in September and shared inksfi August with Bonneville AC KSFI) is Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” (7.1 – 6.9, -.2, 6+), which shifts to third. As far as KSFI is concerned, “FM 100.3 – Better Music Better Work Day” registers its sixth straight gain (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.3, 6+). It is up two full-shares since April and repeats in the runner-up slot. Back in the “Holiday” 2015 report, “FM 100.3” was #1 with a 15.6 (6+). Improving by one-half share is Alpha Media regional Mexican KDUT “102.3 La Gran D (.8 – 1.3, 6+), which checks in at #23. Even though it remains flat at 4.9 (6+), KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country” not only inches up from seventh to sixth, it overtakes format rival Cumulus Media‘s KUBL “K-Bull 93” (5.2 – 4.8, -.4, sixth to seventh, 6+). Also in the market’s country format, Broadway Media-owned KEGA “101.5 The Eagle” (#21) picks up three-tenths to 1.8, its best 6+-stat since May (1.9). Although steady at #10, co-owned CHR KUDD “Mix 105.1 – All The Hits” is down for the third consecutive time (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+) and is -1.3 since July. Slipping from eighth to ninth, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” has its fourth consecutive decline (6.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+) for a cumulative loss of just over two full-shares. Registering a .5 (6+) in September, co-owned KJMY-HD2 disappears.

9) Las Vegas – Within 3.3 – 3.7 range (6+) the past six sweeps, CBS Radio rhythmic hot AC KXQQ not only busts out a full-kxqqshare increase to 4.5 (6+), “Q-100.5” rockets from #11 to a three-way tie at #4. It is the best 6+-stat for “Q-100.5” since last November (also 4.5). Down a combined two shares in August and September (5.6 – 4.3 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country” regains 45% of it with a +.9 to 4.4 and is part of that three-way logjam at #4; “The Bull” was tenth in September. Prior to August, KWNR had three successive progressive trends netting a +2.2 (3.4 – 3.9 – 5.2 – 5.6, 6+).ksne Following three straight downward trends netting a combined -2.4 (8.1 – 7.4 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate KSNE “Sunny 106.5” posted a +.7 in September and follows it up in October with a +.6 (5.7 – 6.4 – 7.0, 6+). As a result, “Sunny” climbs from third to second to first – where it had been for 22 straight monthlies before July. It succeeds Beasley Media Group‘s classic hits-oldies KKLZ, which had been on top the past three sweeps. Prior to advancing to #1 in July, KKLZ was in the runner-up slot for six straight months; 7.4 in August was its best 6+-showing in more than four years (7.5, July 2012). Having performed below a one-share (6+) the past 12 survey periods, talk sibling KDWN dials up a +.7 to 1.2 and checks in at #24. Similarly, Lotus Communications sports outlet KWWN (#23) improves by one-half share to 1.3, its highest 6+-stat since January (also 1.3). Off a combined nine-tenths in July and August, Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS regained all of it in September – but in October – “Radio For Life” spirals by -1.8 (5.4 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 5.4 – 3.6, 6+) to drift from fourth to tenth. This represents the lowest 6+-share for KSOS since March (3.4). Faltering by six-tenths each are CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” (5.1 – 4.5, 6+); co-owned KLUC “98.5 Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” (4.6 – 4.0, sixth to eighth, 6+); and Lotus Communications Spanish adult hits KWID “La Buena 101.9” (4.3 – 3.7, eighth to ninth, 6+). Without an increase the previous five survey periods for a cumulative -1.5 since March (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+), “Mix 94.1” posted a +.8 in September; it is the third station in that three-way tie at #4 (up from #5).

10) Kansas City – There is no shortage of noteworthy (6+) September 2016 – October 2016 fluctuations here, including a krbz+1.1 by Entercom alternative KRBZ, which lifts “96.5 The Buzz” from fifth to third (5.0 – 6.1, 6+). It is the strongest 6+-stat for “The Buzz” since its 6.1 in July 2015. Up nearly three shares since June via four straight progressive trends (5.3 – 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 8.1, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” displaces classic rock sibling KCFX “The Fox” (7.3 –kcmo 7.6, +.3, 6+) at #1. 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+). Segueing to #2, “The Fox” had been #1 the past five sweeps. By dropping two-tenths in August, it closed four successive up or flat monthlies yielding a +1.5 (5.9 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). Improving by six-tenths each are Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” (5.2 – 5.8, flat at #4, 6+) and cluster-mate KQRC “98.9 The Rock” (3.5 – 4.1, #14 to #10, 6+). Stuck on 4.6 (6+) in June, July, and August, Cumulus Media urban AC KMJK “Magic 107.3” dropped two-tenths to 4.4 in September but racks up a one-half gain in October (4.9, 6+) to climb from eighth to sixth. In the market’s three-way country battle, Steel City Media‘s KFKF “Country 94.1” cracks the top ten (#11 to #7) and has its third straight sweep without a loss (3.8 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+); 4.7 is its strongest 6+-showing in exactly one year (4.8, October 2015). Meanwhile, tied at #12 are co-owned KBEQ “Q-104 #1 for New Country” (4.3 – 3.6, -.7, down from #9, 6+) and Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” (up from #13, 6+). This is the third consecutive loss for “The Wolf” (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+). The wild ride continues for cluster-mate KCSP “610 Sports,” which was -.6 in July; -.6 in August; +.8 in September; and is -1.3 in October (4.7 – 4.1 – 3.5 – 4.3 – 3.0, 6+). The Kansas City Royals flagship freefalls from #9 to #16 and has its lowest 6+-share since March (2.4). After being up or flat the past four sweeps yielding a cumulative +1.1 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+), talk sibling KMBZ-AM drops two-tenths to 2.3 but remains at #18 (6+). Floundering by eight-tenths are co-owned talker KMBZ-FM (3.9, 6+) and Cumulus Media alternative KCJK “X-105.1” (3.1 – 2.3, #17 to #18, 6+). Locked on 4.7 in August and September, KMBZ-FM departs the top ten (#7 to #11, 6+). Without an increase for the fifth straight time (5.5 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+), Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3” (sixth to eighth) is -1.2 (6+) since May.

11) Orlando – Powered by a +.8 (3.0 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia FM talker WTKS (#13 to #12) has its best 6+-stat since a 4.0 in wtksJanuary. Improving by one-half share (2.0 – 2.5, #15 to #14, 6+), model of consistency public WMFE has been in 2.0 – 2.9 range the past 25 ratings periods. Swapping places at the top are iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3” (9.5 – 9.6, +.1, second to first, 6+) and mainstream CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” (9.3, -1.1, first to second, 6+). It was just a one-month staywrum at #1 for “XL-106.7,” which logged a +1.5 to 10.4, its best-ever (6+) performance in the PPM-era. Ironically, the station it displaced in September was … “Rumba.” Also in the Spanish tropical format, Entravision Communications’ WNUE “Salsa 98.1,” which has been trending 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.6 (6+), is off by one-half share (2.1, #14 to #15, 6+). Following four successive progressive trends that produced a +1.5 since May (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” regresses by nine-tenths to 4.2 (6+), exiting the top ten (#8 to #11). In third-place for the fifth straight ratings period, adult contemporary cluster-mate WMGF “Magic 107.7” declines by one-half share (8.0 – 7.5, 6+). Over the course of the past 14 sweeps, “Magic 107.7” is shifting by +.5 (October 2015); -1.0 (November 2015); +1.6 (December 2015); +5.2 (“Holiday” 2015); -4.7 (January); -1.2 (February); +1.3 (March); +.7 (April); +.6 (May); -.8 (June); -1.1 (July); -.4 (August); +.7 (September); and -.5 (October).

12) Columbus – Having registered a +1.1 in September, Radiohio‘s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” delivers an wbns-fmeven more robust +1.8 and jumps from sixth to third. This actually represents the fourth straight gain for “The Fan” (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 5.1 – 6.9, 6+), which is up over three full-shares since June. Columbus’ “Fan” last reached the six-share level (6+) in December (6.5). Oncewsny again, iHeartMedia siblings WNCI and WCOL exchange places. Although flat at 10.4 WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 for New Country” advances from second to first, while (CHR) WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music Station” erodes by -1.3 and drops from first to second. Both stations had been in double-digits (6+) the past nine sweeps. Down in each of the last three ratings periods (12.2 – 12.1 -11.1 – 9.8, 6+), WNCI is a combined -2.4 in that stretch. Following an eight-tenths’ improvement in August alternative sibling WXZX (#14 to #15) forfeited seven-tenths in September and now regresses by another six-tenths (2.7 – 2.0 – 1.4, 6+). Since August, “105.7 The X” has lost roughly 50% of its 6+-share. In third-place for the third successive sweep, Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95” improves – appropriately enough – for the third consecutive time (6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 6.9, 6+). An increase of just over one full-share in September propelled Radio One‘s WCKX “Power 107.5” to 4.8 – its highest 6+-share since January. The rhythmic CHR, however, surrenders seven-tenths and slips from seventh to eighth (4.1, 6+). Prior to September, “Power” had been down or flat the previous three survey periods for a cumulative -.6 (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Emmis Communications’ triple A KGSR, Austin, vice president ofmcintoshemily programming and operations Chase Rupe appoints music director and air personality Emily McIntosh to the interim program director position, taking over for Haley Jones…..John Garabedian announces he’s exiting the almost-30-year-old “Open House Party” show after his contract expires on December 31.  Garabedian launched the show at WXKS-FM, Boston “KISS 108” in 1987 and sold it to United Stations Radio Networks four years ago.  The network will be seeking his replacement…..Meaghan “Meag” Taylor joins Townsquare Media’s Tuscaloosa station group to serve as the evening personality at urban AC WTUG, replacing Trey Green.  Taylor was most recently serving with Alpha Media’s hip hop WMBX, West Palm Beach “Beatz 96.3.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Country KSD, St. Louis “93.7 The Bull” is presenting its 5th annual “Santa Jam” at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis and the featured acts will be William Michael Morgan, Jana Kramer and Josh Turner.  The event kicks off the 7th annual “Boatload of Toys” drive to benefit Youth In Need, a non-profit child and family services agency dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s children, teens and families in need…..“SKRATCH N SNIFF” – the weekly, two-hour mix show heard on some 55 alternative and active rock stations – has recruited A Nameless Ghoul from the Ghost to guest host the show’s “Halloween Ghost Mix.”  This commercial-free mix is free to air for any non-competitive stations.  Interested programmers can contact Doug Ingold at Compass Media Networks.


‘We Can Survive’ Rocks the Hollywood Bowl.  Pictured above is Pitbull with CBS RADIO programmers and execs at last Saturday’s “We Can Survive” concert at the Hollywood Bowl in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Bruno Mars was the headliner with performances by Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic, and Pitbull.  Pictured (from l-r) are: SVP, programming and music initiatives and PD of KMVQ-FM and KLLC-FM, San Francisco Michael Martin; SVP, programming and PD of KROQ-FM, KAMP-FM, and KCBS-FM, Los Angeles Kevin Weatherly; Pitbull; president Andre Fernandez; EVP, programming Chris Oliviero; and APD and music director for WBBM-FM, Chicago Erik Bradley.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

| October 26, 2016

Beasley Ups Justin Chase to EVP of Programming.  After seven-plus years of service with Beasley Media Group, most recently vice president of programming, Justin Chase is promoted to executive vice president ofchasejustin programming for the company.  Chase says, “When I joined Beasley in 2009 as a program director in Las Vegas, I never imagined that I would have been given the opportunity to serve this great company at this level.  Every day, I get to learn and work with some of the finest program directors in the industry and the amazing leadership team at the corporate office.  I want to sincerely thank Caroline Beasley, Bruce Beasley, Brian Beasley and of course, our founder George Beasley for their confidence in me to lead the programming strategy of this growing company.”  Chase represents Beasley Media Group on several industry boards, including: the Media Ratings Council, the Nielsen Advisory Council, and the Council for Research Excellence.

Buzz Knight to Transition to Beasley as VP of Programming.  The company announces that when the Greater Media acquisition is complete, programmer Buzz Knight will remain in the programming department with Beasley Media Group as vice president of programming.  Knight has served as SVP, program development knightbuzzfor Greater Media, in which he’s been responsible for overseeing content and brand strategies for the company.  He’s been with Greater Media since 2002.  Knight will replace Justin Chase, who has been elevated to EVP of programming.  Knight comments, “I’ve long admired the great leadership of Justin Chase in his role with Beasley and I look forward to being a part of the Beasley team.  I am honored to follow Justin into this position and I’m incredibly excited to begin a new chapter with Beasley Broadcast Group as the company expands their portfolio of stations with the Greater Media acquisition.”

ppmunitRound Two of October 2016 PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of Nielsen Audio‘s PPM ratings information from the October 2016 survey has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s October 2016 survey period covered September 8 – October 5.  View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile,  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian ( provides his “Takeaways” from all of these PPM markets below.


1) Washington, D.C. – The third successive gain by WPRS “Praise 104.1” is an impressive +1.2 lifting the Radio One gospel wprsoutlet from #11 to #6 (2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 4.6, 6+). The last time “Praise 104.1” crossed the four-share threshold (6+) was April 2015 (4.2). Locked on 3.1 (6+) in August and September, WMAL hangs out a +.9 to 4.0, its best 6+-share since December 2015 (also 4.0), enabling the Cumulus Media talker to zoom from #14 to #8.wmal Although steady at #19, the flagship of the NFL‘s Washington, D.C. franchise – Red Zebra Broadcasting‘s WTEM “ESPN 980″ – improves for the third successive time (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 2.3, 6+), yielding a full-share advantage in that stretch. The highly spirited tussle carries on between American University‘s WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” (9.0 – 9.6, +.6, repeating at #1, 6+) and Hubbard Broadcasting-owned all-news WTOP (8.7 – 9.2, +.5, unchanged at #2, 6+). Tied at #1 in August, the two facilities were separated by three-tenths in September. 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 (March); +.7 (May); +.5 (July); +.5 (August); and +.6 (September). Before dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” 2015 sweep, WTOP occupied the top spot the previous 12 ratings periods. The market’s urban AC (6+) share suffers a combined -1.6, with Howard University‘s WHUR off by nine-tenths (6.6 – 5.7, 6+) but steady at #3, while Radio One-owned WMMJ “Majic 102.3” falters by seven-tenths to slide from fourth to fifth (6+). Registering a 6.5 (6+) in May, June, and July, WHUR has its lowest 6+-showing since February’s 4.8. “Meanwhile, “Majic” is off for the third consecutive sweep resulting in a combined -1.4 (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 4.7, 6+); 4.7 is its weakest 6+-stat since March (also 4.7). Conversely, July’s 6.1 was the station’s strongest 6+-share in more than six years (6.2, June 2010). This marks the sixth straight monthly without an increase for CBS Radio Spanish tropical WLZL “El Zol 107.9” (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+), which is flat at #20.

2) Boston – Beantown’s big winners in October are the flagships of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, which wbz-fmscore a combined +3.3 (6+). Specifically, the Patriots’ key station – CBS Radio‘s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” – dials up a blistering +1.9 to 6.3 (6+) rocketing from eighth to third, while Red Sox flagship – Entercom-owned WEEI-FM – trots out a highly robust +1.4 to 6.2 (6+) as it climbs from sixth to fourth. Trending 4.3 –weei-fm 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+ (June through September), “The Sports Hub” notches its best 6+-stat since January’s 6.8. The +1.4 by WEEI-FM ends a string of four straight downtrends that produced a -1.1 (5.9 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+). Frozen on 3.3 (6+) in August and September, public WGBH erupts with a +.7 to 4.0 – its best-ever 6+ PPM showing. Moreover, WGBH enters the top ten (#13 to #9). Notwithstanding that is down by a combined -1.2 in the last three sweeps (8.6 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.4, 6+), Greater Media-owned WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” is #1 for the tenth successive monthly. While its 8.6 in July was the strongest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, the current 7.4 is the weakest since February (7.2). Adult contemporary sibling WMJX is in second-place for the seventh consecutive ratings period and with a +.3 to 6.6 (6+), “Magic 106.7” curtails three successive down or flat trends for a combined -1.2 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Conversely, 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+). Eroding by six-tenths (3.2 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WJMN “JAM’N 94.5” dips from #14 to #17. After posting three straight gains netting a +.8 (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+), CBS Radio’s WZLX “Classic Rock 100.7” forfeits half of that (4.1 -.4, 6+) and slips from seventh to eighth. Also coming to an end is the streak by Greater Media rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9,” which notched four successive up or flat trends (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.2, 6+). While steady at #9, “Hot 96.9” is off by two-tenths to 4.0 (6+). Not only is this the fourth consecutive decline for WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.1, 6+) for a combined -1.8, the iHeartMedia mainstream CHR drops to #6 after six successive times at #3. Cross-town rival – CBS Radio’s WODS – does not take advantage though as “Amp” (#12 to #13) is without an increase for the third consecutive sweep (4.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+). In June, “Amp” had its string of successive up or flat monthlies end at three (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+).

3) Detroit – By erasing September’s -.9 with a full-share increase (5.8 – 4.9 – 5.9, 6+), Cumulus Media talker/ key station of the wjrDetroit Lions WJR cruises from a seventh-place tie to third. Despite its third straight improvement (5.1 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 5.6, 6+), Greater Media‘s WRIF “Rocks Detroit” moves from a third-place tie to fourth. Each sweep since February, WRIF has been between 5.1 – 5.9 (6+). Unchanged at #13, iHeartMedia urban contemporarywycd WJLB “FM 98” picks up one-tenth to 3.7 6+), thus ending three straight downward trends (4.6 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+). Without a gain the past four monthlies for a cumulative -.9 (5.3 – 5.3 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+), CBS Radio-owned WYCD “Detroit’s Country 99.5” picks up two-thirds of that deficit (5.0, +.6, 6+) to advance from ninth to seventh. After a one-month hiatus from the top spot, sports sibling WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” returned to #1 in September and repeats there (7.7 – 7.5, -.2, 6+). “The Ticket” was on top in April, May, June, and July, before Greater Media urban-rhythmic oldies WMGC “The Bounce” displaced it in August. It was a rapid rise to #1 for “The Bounce,” which transitioned from sports on July 1 and quickly posted back-to-back gains totaling a combined +7.3, vaulting from #23 (June, .7, 6+) to #15 (July, 3.1, 6+) to #1 (August, 8.0, 6+). Not only was it just a one-month stay at #1, “The Bounce” sputtered by -2.7 in September and is now -1.2 (8.0 – 5.3 – 4.1, 6+). Already down approximately 50% since August, “Bounce” has quickly spiraled from #1 (August) to #5 (September) to #12 (October). Surrendering the one-half share gain it achieved in September, WWJ drifts from third to seventh (5.0 – 5.5 – 5.0, 6+). A +.4 in August by the CBS Radio all-news outlet halted six successive months without an increase (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+) that led to a combined -3.2; WWJ was the market leader (6+) in January and February. Although steady at #14, Cumulus Media country WDRQ “Nash FM 93.1” (3.1, -.4, 6+) has its string of successive up or flat trends – which yielded a full-share increase – halted at four (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+); 3.5 (September) was the highest 6+-share for that frequency since December 2012 (also 3.5) when WDRQ was adult hits. Four consecutive negative trends by iHeartMedia classic rocker WDTW have produced a -1.2 (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.2, 6+), as “106.7 The D” slides from #17 to #19.

4) Miami – It is hardly unusual that a Miami adult contemporary facility is competing for the top spot, but the significance this time wfezis that Cox Media Group-owned WFEZ “Easy 93.1” (6.7, +.6, fourth to third, 6+) is just three-tenths behind perennial market leader, Entercom AC WLYF “Lite FM,” which is off by a stunning -1.4 to 7.0 (6+). Consistent over the last eight sweeps, “Easy” has been inwpow 6.1 – 6.6 range (6+) since February, but prior to October’s +.6 was down by just one-tenth in each of the last three monthlies (6.4 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+). As far as “Lite FM” is concerned, it was without a decrease the last three sweeps (7.9 – 8.1 – 8.4 – 8.4, 6+) and is #1 for the fourth straight time. Not only does WPOW “Power 96” extend its successive string of monthlies without a decrease to six (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.9, 6+), the CBS Radio rhythmic CHR cracks the top ten (#12 to #8). Co-owned WKIS “New Country 99.9” (2.0, +.1, 6+) ends five straight declines (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+) but the FM flagship of the Miami Dolphins backslides from #19 to #20. Following 12 consecutive monthlies in two-share territory (6+), WMIA “93.9 Miami’s Rhythm” slipped to 1.9 in September but the iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC rebounds with a +.7 to 2.6 (6+), climbing from #19 to #17. On the heels of posting a hefty +1.1 in September, Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3” returns nine-tenths of it (3.8 – 4.9 – 4.0, 6+), sliding from fifth to seventh. Format competitor – iHeartMedia’s WHYI “Y-100” – adds four-tenths (3.7, 6+) to curtail three successive downward sweeps (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 6+) with “Y-100” returning to the top ten (#13 to #9). Finishing first in June, and then second the next three sweeps, Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” falls to fourth with its fourth successive decline that has produced a -1.8 (8.2 – 8.0 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+). This is the first time “Hot” has been below a seven-share (6+) in exactly one year (6.4, October 2015). Down for the third straight time (4.6 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.5, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish tropical WRTO “Mix 98.3” departs the top ten (#8 to #12). After 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+), iHeartMedia classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9” (#11 to #13) dips by four-tenths to 3.3 (6+). Unchanged at #29, Moody Bible Institute‘s WRMB is without an increase for the tenth consecutive ratings period (.8 – .7 – .7 – .6 -.5 -.4 -.4 .3 -.3 -.2 -.2, 6+).

5) Seattle – Powered by a +1.4 (4.1 – 5.5, 6+), KUOW “94.9 News & Information” marches from seventh to third. The University kuowof Washington outlet had been within 4.0 – 4.4 range (6+) since February (2016) and last reached the five-share level in February 2015 (5.0). Recording a strong +1.1 (1.4 – 2.5, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” checks in at #21. Improving by six-tenths each and up for the third straight time are Hubbard Broadcasting‘s KVRQ “Rock 98.9” (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 –kqmv 3.4, #19 to #11, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 2.2, #22, 6+). Adding one-half share to September’s +.7 is Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” (5.7 – 6.4 – 6.9, 6+), #1 for the tenth consecutive sweep. Also up by one-half share is Sinclair Broadcast Group hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5,” which rockets from #17 all the way into the top ten (3.1 – 3.6, #8, 6+). This is the eleventh successive time “Star” has been in three-share range (6+). The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom country outlet KKWF which was +.8 in July; -.6 in August; +.8 in September; and now -.9 in October (3.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 4.1 – 3.2, 6+); “100.7 The Wolf,” plummets from the top ten (#7 to #16). After gaining seven-tenths in September, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9” forfeits all of it plus one-tenth (4.4 – 5.1 – 4.3, -.8, 6+) and drops from third to sixth; 4.3 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Following back-to-back increases that netted a +.6 (3.9 – 4.4 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom rocker KISW returns it all (3.9, -.6, fifth to seventh, 6+). Classic Radio classical KING (#24) is off by a combined full-share in back-to-back monthlies (2.5 – 2.2 – 1.5, 6+).

6) Phoenix – Without an increase the past four sweeps (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), Bonneville-owned KMVP “Arizona Sports kmvp-fm98.7″ (#19 to #15) breaks out a +.8 to 2.9, the best 6+-share of the Arizona Cardinals’ flagship since January’s 3.6. Stymied on 2.8 (6+) in May and June and then on 3.1 (6+) in July and August, iHeartMedia talker KFYI eroded by -1.3 in September butkfyi regains one-half share (3.1 – 1.8 – 2.3, 6+) as it inches from #22 to #21. Albeit down two-tenths to 6.7 (6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate KESZ is #1 for the 25th successive ratings period. Modestly up or flat the past three sweeps (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), Family Life Radio contemporary Christian KFLR falters by seven-tenths to .8 (#29). Declining by one-share each and tied at #11 from #9 with identical 3.9 – 3.4 trends are CBS Radio‘s KMLE “Country @ 107.9” and iHeartMedia CHR KZZP “104.7 Kiss-FM.” This is the fourth straight dip for KMLE producing a -1.6 (5.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+). Following six straight increases that nearly doubled its 6+-share (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+), The Yucaipa Companies’ hot AC KMVA “Hot” regresses by three-tenths to 3.4 (6+), but actually moves from #12 to a three-way tie at #11. In a similar vein, adult contemporary sibling KOAI “The Oasis,” which was up or flat the past seven sweeps more than tripling its 6+-share since February (.6 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+), drops one-tenth to 1.9 (6+) and exits the top 20 (#20 to #22). Despite having its fourth consecutive decline (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA “Jose” actually climbs from #26 to #25.

7) Minneapolis – The only station in the 24 PPM-markets whose data has been released thus far to improve by at least two kfxnfull-shares (September 2016 – October 2016, 6+) is iHeartMedia‘s KFXN. Not only does the flagship of the NFL‘s Minnesota Vikings tack on a mammoth +2.2 to September’s +1.4, “Sports Radio FM 100.3 K-FAN” progresses from fourth to first and boasts the best 6+-share in its PPM-history. For added measure, this iskqrs actually the station’s fourth straight gain (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 6.7 – 8.9, 6+) with “K-FAN more than doubling its 6+-share since June (+4.5, 6+). Evicted from the top spot and dropping to third is CHR cluster-mate KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station,” down six-tenths after September’s one-half share gain (7.6 – 8.1 – 7.5, 6+). The 8.1 in September was the best 6+-showing for KDWB since June 2015’s 8.5. Off a cumulative nine-tenths in the previous three sweeps (7.1 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” recaptures all of it with a +.9, returning to 7.1 and advancing from fifth to fourth. Owing to a -.8 (5.8 – 5.0, 6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM exits the top ten (#7 to #11). Regressing by one-half share each are Cumulus Media rocker KXXR “93-X” (5.4, sixth to eighth, 6+) and CBS Radio country outlet KMNB “BUZ’N @102.9” (unchanged at #13, 6+). This is the fourth successive decline for KMNB (5.0 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+) and lowest 6+-share since the “Holiday” 2015 report (3.5); KXXR had been up or flat the past three ratings periods (5.0 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+). Dropping from third to fifth, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” falters for the fourth straight ratings period for a combined -1.5 (8.0 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 6.8 – 6.5, 6+).

8) San Diego – Displaying gains of one-half share each are Entercom adult contemporary KXSN “Sunny 98.1” (5.8, third to kxsnsecond, 6+) and San Diego State University‘s KPBS (4.2 – 4.7, seventh to fifth, 6+). Stuck on 5.3 (6+) in August and September, “Sunny” now trails iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” – #1 for the fifth straight time – by just one-tenth as “Star” is +.1 (5.8 – 5.9, 6+). Co-owned KGB “San Diego’s Classic Rock” (3.8 – 3.4, -.4 #11 to #13, 6+) is in 3.0 – 3.8 range (6+) for the tenthkmyi successive time. Without an increase for the seventh consecutive ratings period (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5 The Beat of San Diego” slides from sixth to eighth. In 2.1 – 2.6 range (6+) for the eleventh straight monthly, Entercom-owned KBZT “94.9 San Diego’s Alternative” (2.3 – 2.1, -.3, 6+) is now tied at #18 with format rival XTRA “91-X” (2.0 – 2.1, +.16+); KBZT was #18 in September and “91-X” moves up from #20. Prior to a -.5 in September, “91-X” had been up or flat the previous five sweeps (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.5, 6+). For the 16th straight monthly, KOGO has a 6+-share between 3.1 – 3.8 (3.6 – 3.8, +.2, 6+); the iHeartMedia talker climbs from #13 to #12.

9) Tampa – After not having an increase the previous four sweeps resulting in a -1.1 (3.5 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+), iHeartMediawdaeowned WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” notched a +.9 in September and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers flagship now adds another half-share (2.4 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+) to progress from #15 to #13. Also in the spoken-word arena and gaining one-half share is co-owned talker WFLA, which was frozen on 2.5 (6+) in August andwduv September but improves to 3.0 (flat at #17, 6+). Off by a combined -1.3 in back-to-back sweeps (10.6 – 9.9 – 9.3, 6+), Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV regains two-tenths to 9.5 (6+) as “Lite Favorites” is #1 for the 48th successive ratings period. As a result of replicating September’s -.6, University of South Florida-owned WUSF has surrendered in its entirety the +1.2 it gained in August (3.9 – 5.1 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+) and slides from ninth to tenth. Also sputtering by six-tenths (3.8, #10 to #13, 6+) is Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM,” which was without a decrease the past six survey periods (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.4, 6+). In third-place the past three monthlies, Cox Media Group’s WXGL “Classic Hits 107-3 The Eagle” is up for the third consecutive time (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), inching up to the runner-up slot. Deflating by one-half share each are Beasley Media Group‘s similarly formatted WRBQ “Q-105” (5.1, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.15 – All The Hits” (4.7 – 4.2, seventh to ninth, 6+). The -.5 ends three straight increases by “Q-105” that netted a +1.1 (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+). “Hot,” which led format foe – iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Channel” – by one-half share in September, now trails WFLZ (4.2 – 4.5, +.3, #11 to #8, 6+) by three-tenths. Meanwhile in the country tussle, Beasley Media Group’s WQYK drops four-tenths to 5.0 (fifth to sixth, 6+) and now leads iHeartMedia’s WFUS “US-103.5” by just two-tenths as “US-103.5” is up two-tenths to 4.8 (eighth to seventh, 6+); WQYK was +.7 in September and WFUS was +.6. Owing to five consecutive down or flat trends, iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” (#14 to #16) is a combined -1.3 (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+).

10) Denver – Up or flat for the fourth consecutive sweep netting two full-shares (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.9, 6+), Bonneville’s kkfnKKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” soars from #13 into the top ten (#6). While “The Fan” scored a 4.5 in January, this represents its most potent 6+ showing ever under PPM methodology. Returning to the top ten (#11 to #10), iHeartMedia triple A KBCO “World Class Rock” is up two-tenths to 4.0 (6+), thusktcl ending three straight declines (4.8 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+) that resulted in a net loss of one full-share. Flashing gains of one-half share each are KOA (#13 to #9, 6+); Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9” (3.3 – 3.8, #15 to #12, 6+); and Entravision regional Mexican KXPK “La Tricolor 96.5” (2.4 – 2.9, #18 to #17, 6+). It is the third successive gain for iHeartMedia talker/Denver Broncos AM flagship KOA (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+) and its best 6+-showing in exactly one year (4.4, October 2015). Picking up one one-tenth to 2.9 (6+) and remaining at #17, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “K-LOVE” curtails five straight down or flat sweeps (3.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Without a decrease for the third straight sweep (5.3 – 6.3 – 6.6 – 6.6, 6+), cluster-mate KTCL “Modern Rock Channel 93-3” is #1 – as it was in September and August. Prior to August (2016), the last time “Channel 93-3” reached the six-share level (6+) was just over one year ago (6.0, 6+, August 2015). Eroding by eight-tenths each are Entercom rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5” (5.2 – 4.4, sixth to eighth, 6+) and Colorado Public Radio outlet KCFR (4.6 – 3.8), which falls out of the top ten (#8 to #12). Fluctuations for KCFR this calendar year include +.7 (January); -.7 (February); +.7 (March); -.7 (April); -.7 (June); +.7 (July); and now -.8 (October). Three market stations floundering by one-half share include Entercom-owned classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” (second to third, 6+), and iHeartMedia mainstream CHR and rock siblings KPTT “95.7 The Party” (#9 to #14, 6+); and KBPI (3.8 – 3.3, #11 to #15, 6+). “The Mountain” is down for the fourth straight sweep (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+) for a cumulative -2.1, while “The Party” has its third consecutive decline for a -1.0 (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). This is the eleventh successive sweep that KBPI is in 3.0 – 3.8 range (6+).

11) Baltimore – In 5.3 – 5.8 territory (6+) since April, CBS Radio sports outlet/Baltimore Orioles flagship WJZ-FM wjz-fm(unchanged at #5) trots out a full-share increase to 6.5 (6+). It is the first time “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” reaches the six-share level (6+) since May 2015 (6.0). Repeating its +.6 in September, Peter & John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM “95.1 Shine” (3.0 – 3.6 – 4.2, 6+) progresses from tenth to seventh. In August, “Shine” pickedwrbs up two-tenths to halt six successive downward trends (5.7 – 5.6 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+) which eroded roughly 50% of its 6+-share (and a combined -2.9). After four straight months without an increase (7.7 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s #1 for New Country” gains four-tenths to 7.2 (6+) and is #4 for the fifth consecutive sweep. By adding one-half share (7.8 – 8.3, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” bumps up from third to second. A -.4 in September though ended its string of successive increases – which netted a +1.1- at three (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). Just one-tenth ahead of WLIF is Radio One urban AC WWIN, which is #1 for the third straight month – but “Magic 95.9” is without an increase for the fourth consecutive sweep (9.8 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.4, 6+). A -1.2 in July necessitated “Magic 95.9” to segue from the top spot. Before that, “Magic 95.9” put together four straight increases for a combined +3.7 (6.1 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 8.2 – 9.8, 6+). Four straight negative trends by iHeartMedia CHR WZFT “Z-104.3” (seventh to tenth) result in a loss of one full-share (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+). Also without an increase for the fourth successive ratings period is Shamrock Communications classic rocker WZBA “100.7 The Bay” (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+), which segues from #11 to #12.

12) St. Louis – A gain of nine-tenths (5.4 – 6.3, 6+) propels Hubbard Broadcasting adult hits WARH “The Arch” from warheighth to fourth. “The Arch” last reached the six-share level just over one year ago (6.1, September 2015). Seven-tenths proves to be lucky for cluster-mate WXOS “101 Sports” (2.6 – 3.3, +7, 6+) and Emmis CHR KNOU “Now 96.3” (3.5, +.7, 6+), although they remain at #16 and #15, respectively. “Now” was locked on 3.0 (6+) in June and July and then on 2.8 (6+) inklou August and September. Ironically, “101 Sports” has a similar profile of 2.4 (6+) in June and July and then 2.6 (6+) in August and September. Improving by one-half share each are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU (6.9, fourth to second, 6+) and Emmis talker KFTK (#16 to #17, 6+). KLOU had been down or flat the past four sweeps (7.4 – 7.4 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+) for a net loss of one full-share, while this is the third straight gain for KFTK (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+). Without an increase for the fourth consecutive sweep (9.2 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+), rock sibling KSHE is nevertheless #1 for the tenth 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+). Following a massive +1.6 in September, Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1” returns nearly half of it (6.5 – 5.8, -.7, 6+) and drifts from third to seventh. Prior to September, the last time “Hot” crossed the six-share threshold (6+) was December 2014 (6.4). Sliding from #13 to #14, iHeartMedia country KSD-FM “93.7 The Bull” regresses by six-tenths to 3.6, its lowest 6+-stat since January’s 3.5. On the flipside, format rival – Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIL-FM (unchanged at #6) – has its sixth consecutive ratings period without a decrease for a net gain of +1.5 (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+).


Singer Todd O’Neill Wins NASH Next 2016 Challenge.  In this year’s “NASH Next 2016 Challenge” artist development competition, singer Todd O’Neill from Hammond, Louisiana was named the grand prize winner.  The final competition event took place at Mercy Lounge in Nashville on Tuesday evening (10/25) with live performances from the top 10 national finalists and a special performance from Trent Harmon, season 15 winner of FOX Television’s “American Idol.”  As grand prize winner, O’Neill will receive national radio airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations, a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group and will have an original song produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.  As a surprise addition to the grand prize package, Country Inns & Suites presented O’Neill with a cash prize of $5,000.  Pictured above are (from l-r); BMLG CEO Scott Borchetta, O’Neill, and Cumulus SVP, content and programming Mike McVay.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The iHeartRadio service is one of the first brands to be part of GM and IBM Watson collaboration OnStar Go available in 2017 GM vehicles.  The press release says, “iHeartRadio will use Watson Personality Insights from OnStar Go to curate personalized experiences that leverage on-air personalities and local content from radio stations across the U.S. Drivers will be invited to share information from their calendars, social graph, location, music preferences and more, to create dynamic and locally relevant entertainment experiences only available through the power of radio.”…..Detroit hip hop outlet WJLB and CHR WKQI “Channel 955” are announcing the lineup for the fourth annual “Big Show at the Joe” concert taking place December 28 at the Joe Louis Arena.  The event will feature Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Lil Yachty, Young M.A., Icewear Vezzo and Neisha Neshae.  iHeartMedia on-air personalities from both stations will host the event, including: Bushman, Kirby Gwen, Dr. Darius, Big Dawg Blast, Mojo, Emily, Stylz, Stick, and Joey…..Beasley Broadcast Group will report its 2016 third quarter financial results before the market opens on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  The Company will host a conference call and webcast at 10:00 am ET that morning to review the results…..Townsquare Media will release its third quarter 2016 financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  Townsquare will host a conference call to discuss certain third quarter 2016 financial results at 8:00 am ET that morning…..After 36 hours in the pouring rain, blowing winds, and near freezing temperatures, Cobourg, Ontario’s Classic Rock 107.9 midday personality York Bell-Smith had a smile of satisfaction on his face after completing a marathon 36-hour live food drive to re-stock the Northumberland Food 4 All warehouse.  The drive was a massive success with more than $8,500 cash and more than 3,500 lbs. of food donated through the generosity of the Classic Rock 107.9 community.


Radiothon Raises $121,881 for Cancer Charity.  When the fire truck arrived shortly before 5:00 pm on Monday, October 17 to hoist WCHR, Manahawkin, New Jersey “105.7 The Hawk” afternoon host and APD Andy Chase 25 feet in the air onto a billboard where he would live for the week, the goal was to raise $105,700 during the annual “Ocean of Love Radiothon.”  By the time the fire truck returned at 6:00 pm on Friday, October 21 to bring Chase down from the billboard, the Jersey Shore community came together and raised $121,881 for Ocean of Love – the Toms River-based organization that helps kids with cancer and their families.  Since 1998, the annual radiothon has raised close to $2 million for the charity.  Pictured above are the Ocean of Love board members and staff and the staff of Townsquare Media’s “105.7 The Hawk.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

| October 25, 2016

Brooke & Jubal to Air in Mornings on WSHE, Chicago. This will be the largest market in the fledgling syndication effort for the KQMV, Seattle “Movin’ 92.5”-based “Brooke & Jubal” morning show.  The show has brookejubalnoidbranched out to numerous stations – mostly in the West – via a syndication arrangement between KQMV owner Hubbard Radio and Premiere Networks.  The addition of Chicago’s adult contemporary WSHE “SHE 100.3” adds another major market signal to the show’s roster of affiliates.  WSHE program director Cat Thomas says, “I’ve been a Brooke and Jubal fan since I first heard them last year on a trip to the Northwest.  They’re entertaining, funny, smart, and addicting.  They deserve to be heard in the hottest, most historic radio market in the US.  The New ‘SHE 100.3’ is now ready to go above and beyond our strong workday launch with great music AND great personalities.”

Alpha Media Adds ‘Tino Cochino Radio’ for Evenings at ‘WE 96.3’ in Portland.  The Phoenix-based,cochinotino hip hop radio show is expanding and joins the lineup at Alpha Media’s KWEE, Portland “WE 96.3” to air in the 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm daypart.  Program director Chris Stewart says, “Tino Cochino brings talent, creativity, passion and entertainment every time he cracks the mic. WE think his brand is a perfect fit for Portland.”  Cochino remarks, “I can’t even begin to describe the excitement our entire TCR team is experiencing right now.  The ‘WE’ brand is a fresh face in what’s becoming a diluted radio scene.  From programming to the on-air lineup, I’m humbled and ready to dominate the city!  Thank you to Alpha Media and everyone involved.”

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallMichael Harrison and Richard Neer Get ‘Up Close and Far Out’ with Baseball and the World Series.  Veteran WFAN, New York sports talk show host Richard Neer is this week’s guest on the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” paying tribute to what used to be called America’s National Pastime and talking about the unusual “battle of the underdogs” nature of the 2016 World Series.  The discussionneerrichard focuses on the importance of sports teams to their local communities and the people who grew up loving them.  It covers changes in the relative popularity of sports in the US (baseball, football, boxing and horse racing) and even brings up Ronald Reagan’s early career as a baseball play-by-play pioneer.  Harrison and Neer engage in a pop cultural-oriented sports dialogue unlike most heard on sports talk radio.  To listen to this fun and illuminating conversation 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 and

nielsen-logoRound One of October 2016 PPM Data Released. The first of four rounds of Nielsen Audio’s PPM ratings information from the October 2016 survey has been released for 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 October 2016 survey period covered September 8 (the first game of the NFL season) – October 5.  View all of the 6+ numbers (from subscribing stations) here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian ( provides his “Takeaways” from these 12-PPM markets below.


1) New York – Ten of the first 11 – including the top seven – all improve from September (6+). Up by one-tenth each in back-to-back sweeps (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), CBS Radio sports outlet WFAN “The Fan” wskqimproves by six-tenths to 3.7, its best 6+-showing since May’s 3.8. The flagship of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants escapes September’s three-way tie at #12 and enters the top ten (#10). Moving from sixth to fifth, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ (4.7, +.1, 6+) ends three straight downward trends; “Mega 97.7” was a combined -1.4 since Junewltw-logo-january-2015 (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+). Even though WABC (1.4, +.1, 6+) curtails six successive down or flat trends (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+), the Cumulus Media talker actually backslides from #21 to #22. On top in March, April, May and June before falling to #2 in July, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite-FM” makes it three straight months (back) at #1. In addition, “Lite-FM” is up for the third successive time (6.0 – 6.1 – 6.5 – 6.7, 6+), with 6.7 its highest 6+-share since March (also 6.7). A one-tenth increase in August enabled “Lite-FM” to halt four successive sweeps without an increase resulting in a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0, 6+). Rhythmic CHR sibling WKTU “103.5 The Beat of New York,” which had registered five straight increases (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+) for a net +1.5, erodes by nine-tenths to 3.9 (6+) to slip from fifth to eighth. In the market’s mainstream CHR battle, WKTU cluster-mate WHTZ “Z-100” (steady at #2) gains three-tenths to 5.7, its strongest 6+-stat since June 2015 (also 5.7), while CBS Radio-owned WBMP “Amp” drops three-tenths to 2.8 (6+) and slides from #12 to #14. 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 WINS gains three-tenths (4.0 – 4.3, eighth to seventh, 6+), co-owned similarly formatted WCBS-AM is off by two-tenths (3.2 – 3.0, #11 to #12, 6+). The 3.2 in September represented the strongest 6+-performance for WCBS-AM since March 2015 (also 3.2, 6+). Tied at #15 are hot AC rivals (CBS Radio-owned) WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (2.8 – 2.7, -.1, steady at #15, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s WPLJ (2.5 – 2.7, +.2, up from #16, 6+); the two were also tied in July (at #13). This is the 22nd successive sweep that WPLJ has recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+).

2) Los Angeles – Up a combined six-tenths in consecutive ratings periods (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.7, 6+), CBS Radio smooth AC KTWV “The ktwvWave” jumps from fifth to second. “The Wave” registered a 4.7 (6+) in May and June as well. Following six consecutive times without an increase for a cumulative -.9 (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia talker KFI “AM 640” notches a one-half share improvement to 3.1 and progresses from #16 to #11. Despite being down by two-tenths each in back-to-back sweeps (5.8 – 5.6 – 5.4,kfi 6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate KOST “Coast 103.5” is the market’s pacesetter for the twelfth successive ratings period; “Coast” was a combined +.5 in July and August (5.3 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+). Even though KKGO has its fifth consecutive up or flat trend (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters’ “Go Country 105” must settle for a #14 to #15 move. Following a +.4 in September, CBS Radio mainstream CHR KAMP “Amp” regresses by one-half share (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #12). “Amp” was up in June and July for a cumulative +.7 before surrendering the entire seven-tenths in August; it recorded a 3.0 (6+) in February and March. Included in a three-way tie at #3 is its format rival – iHeartMedia’s KIIS “Kiss-FM” (second in September) – which is off by four-tenths to 4.5, its weakest 6+-showing since 4.4 in the “Holiday” 2015 report. Also at #3 are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” (-.4, 6+) and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5,” which displays its fourth straight gain for a net +.9 (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+). “K-Earth 101” had been up or flat the past three monthlies (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+). Following three consecutive sweeps without a decrease (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+), Entercom classic rock KSWD “The Sound” drops one-tenth to 2.6 and falls back from #14 to #16 (6+). Sliding from a three-way tie at #18 to #19, CBS Radio alternative KROQ is down or flat for the sixth successive sweep (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2, 6+) for a combined -.9. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” is up one-tenth (3.1 – 3.2, 6+) and is back in the top ten (#11 to #10). Dating back to April, the (6+) trend for CBS Radio all-news KNX (#13 to #12) is 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.0. Spanish contemporary KXOL “Mega 96.3” (2.0 – 2.2, +.2, #19, 6+) replaces Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican sibling KLAX “97.9 La Raza” (2.3 – 2.1, -.2, #18 – #21, 6+) in the top 20. Four spoken-word stations are in a logjam at #32: Salem Media Group talker KRLA (.8 – .8 – .8, 6+); Cumulus Media talk KABC (.6 – .7 – .8, 6+); ESPN Radio‘s KSPN (.7 – .6 – .8, 6+); and iHeartMedia talker KEIB (.6 – .6 – .8, 6+). KSPN and KSWD are the AM and FM flagships (respectively) for the NFL‘s newly relocated (Los Angeles to St. Louis back to Los Angeles) Los Angeles Rams.

3) Chicago – Owing to a robust +.8 (6.0 – 6.8, 6+), CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM takes sole possession of first-place. The wbbm-amChicago Bears flagship was tied for the lead in September with iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103,” which is off two-tenths and slips to the runner-up slot (6.0 – 5.8, 6+). WBBM-AM had been on top from January through May and segued 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+). Within 3.6 – 3.9 range (6+) the past five survey periods Tribune Media Company talker WGN gainswgn-am six-tenths to 4.3, matching what it registered in April as it marches from eighth to fifth. Over and above bumping up from a three-way tie at #16 to a three-way logjam at #14, WRME “MeTV 87.7” is up or flat for the sixth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+). Also at #14 is Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE (up from #15 in September), which is within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 30th straight monthly (2.5 – 2.4, -.1, 6+). The other station tied at #14 (up from #16) is CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3”, posting a +.1 to 2.4 (6+), thus applying the brakes to eight consecutive ratings periods without an increase 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+). Steady at #26, Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican WLEY “La Ley 107.9” picks up one-tenth to 1.3 (6+) to end seven successive downward trending sweeps  (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+). Up three-tenths to 2.9 (6+), Univision Radio‘s similarly programmed WOJO (#14 to #12) had been without an increase the past six monthlies (3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+).The flagship of the Chicago Cubs – CBS Radio sports outlet WSCR “The Score” – dips by three-tenths (4.5 – 4.2, fifth to sixth, 6+), while ESPN Radio‘s similarly formatted WMVP (#22) is up for the fourth straight time (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1, 6+). Albeit down by three-tenths in back-to-back survey periods (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.9 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” nonetheless finishes in third-place for the seventh straight time. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed WLIT “My-FM” (unchanged at #11, 6+) is without an increase for the ninth successive month. “My-FM” has eroded by nearly 11 shares in that stretch (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+). After nine consecutive ratings periods of being 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+), co-owned WEBG falters by one-half share as “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” spirals from #13 to #18. Format foe – CBS Radios WUSN – is off for the third straight time (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.5, 6+) and appears at #13; “US-99.5” had been at #12 the past three sweeps. In addition to WEBG, its urban contemporary sibling WGCI-FM also declines by one-half share (3.0 – 2.5, sixth to eighth, 6+). Four-tenths of a share is the difference between ranker #13 and ranker #24 (6+).

4) San Francisco – Spoken-word stations hold the top three spots in the Bay Area for the eighth successive sweep. Although knbrunchanged at #3, Cumulus Media‘s KNBR – the flagship of both MLB‘s Giants and the NFL‘s 49ers – trots out a +.8, erasing September’s -.8. Moreover, the gain of eight-tenths halts four successive declines for “The Sports Leader” which resulted in a cumulative loss of nearly two full-shares (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+). Prior to slipping to third in September, KNBR had been #1 since April. Gaining one-half share to 6.1 – its best 6+-share since February’s 6.2 – is CBSkmvq-october-2016 Radio all-news KCBS-AM (advancing from second to first, 6+), which was trending 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.6 (6+). Displaced from the top spot and moving to the runner-up position is public KQED, which is without a loss for the fifth straight time (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+) and enjoys its highest 6+-stat since December 2012’s 5.0. Climbing from fifth to fourth, CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7 New Hit Music” is up or flat for the sixth successive sweep (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+) for a combined gain of +1.2. In addition to KCBS-AM, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 – The Breeze Relaxing Favorites at Work” also notches a one-half share increase (3.2 – 3.7, 6+). Not only does “The Breeze” shake off September’s -.8, it vaults from #11 to #6. An August gain of one-half share enabled KISQ to reach the four-share level. A gain of one-tenth to 1.6 (6+) puts an end to five straight sweeps without an increase for CBS Radio alternative KITS “Live 105” (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), which inches up from #22 to #21. With either a 3.8 (6+) or 3.9 (6+) over the course of the previous seven sweeps, iHeartMedia hot AC KIOI dialed up a +.5 in September, but “Star 101.3” forfeits all of it plus one-tenth (3.8 – 4.3 – 3.7, -.6, 6+) dropping from fourth to sixth.

5) Dallas – Although flat at #7, CBS Radio‘s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” registers its eighth straight gain for a combined +1.9 (1.8 krld-fm– 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+); the flagship of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys has its best 6+-performance since last October’s 4.0. Without a decrease for the fifth straight time (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9” remains at #5, while format rival – CBS Radio-owned KVIL (unchanged at #13) – has ankdmx up/down pattern since May of 2.6 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 3.1 (6+). On the heels of a -.8 to 3.8, its lowest 6+-figure since March 2015 (also 3.8), iHeartMedia classic rocker KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” bounces back with a gain of one-half share to 4.3 (6+), climbing from sixth to fifth. This marks the third straight month that four-tenths of a share separates the top three finishers. In a bit of an unusual occurrence, an October first-place tie does not involve September’s leader. Sharing top honors are KZPS’ CHR sibling KHKS “Kiss-FM” (5.4 – 5.8, +.4, third to first, 6+) and CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (5.7 – 5.8, +.1, second to first, 6+). They succeed Cumulus Media country outlet KPLX “The Wolf” (5.4, -.4, 6+), which slips to third. Prior to its -.4 in October, “The Wolf” had gone without a decrease the previous seven sweeps (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.7 – 5.8, 6+) and was a cumulative +1.5 since February. September was the first time since May 2014 (when it registered a 6.6, 6+) that “The Wolf” occupied the top spot. Meanwhile, after three successive months at 3.5 (6+), co-owned and similarly programmed KSCS “New Country 96.3” posts its fourth straight 3.3 (6+), but drops from a ninth-place tie to a tenth-place tie. Following four consecutive up or flat ratings periods (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), CBS Radio news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM drops two-tenths to 2.2 (6+), but carries on at #20. Also ending its streak of four successive sweeps without a decrease (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+) is First Dallas Media contemporary Christian KCBI (1.8, -.3, #21 to #23, 6+).

6) Houston – Over and above being #1 for the third successive sweep, Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN boasts the kodalargest (6+) September 2016 – October 2016 increase (6.7 – 8.0, +1.3, 6+) of any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released on Monday. Moreover, this is the most potent 6+-share in its PPM history. A -.3 in September by KLTN curtailed five successive gains that yielded a combined increase of more than two full-shares (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+). Without an increase the past fiveksbj sweeps for a -1.2 (7.7 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.5, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA picks up one-tenth to 6.6 and advances from third to second; “Sunny 99.1” ranked first in 23 consecutive ratings periods before dipping to second in August. Up for the third straight time for a combined +1.3 (.9 – 1.0 – 1.4 – 2.2, 6+), CBS Radio/Houston Texans’ flagship KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (#21) has its best 6+-performance in exactly one year (2.4, October 2015). Co-owned country KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” (the Texans’ FM flagship) posts a +.3 to 3.4 (#14 to #13, 6+), ending three straight declines that produced a -.9 (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+). Noncommercial contemporary Christian KSBJ “God Listens” posts a +.7 (4.2 – 4.9, 6+) to jump from ninth to fifth; a +.4 in September stopped four straight decreases that produced a combined -1.8 since April (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). Having posted a 3.6 (6+) in May, July, and August, CBS Radio Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101” exploded with a +.9 to 4.5 (6+) in September but surrenders six-tenths in October, dropping out of the top ten (#7 to #11); 4.5 is its strongest-ever (6+) PPM stat. Among those off by one-half share are Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KGLK “Houston’s Eagle” (second to third, 6+) and country sibling KKBQ “The New 93-Q” (fifth to seventh, 6+). This is the lowest 6+-share for “Eagle” since April (also 6.1) and the eighth consecutive time “Eagle” is in 6.1 – 6.6 range (6.6 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 6.1, 6+). Down for the third straight time for a combined -1.7 (5.9 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.2, 6+), “The New Q” had been at #5 the past four sweeps. Also sputtering by one-half share each are iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” (4.0, seventh to eighth, 6+) and Univision Radio’s KAMA “Latino Mix 104.9” (2.5, #15 to #19, 6+).

7) Philadelphia – The market’s (6+) sports share balloons by +1.8 as CBS Radio/Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia wipEagles flagship WIP-FM displays a full-share increase and Greater Media‘s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” gains eight tenths (2.5, #18 to #17). This is the third straight improvement for WIP-FM netting a +1.3 (3.7 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 5.0, 6+) as it progresses from tenth to sixth. Following seven straight monthlies without an increase which resulted in a more than 50% loss of its 6+-sharewpen-fm (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), “The Fanatic” added two-tenths in September. The combination of a two-tenths increase for Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” (7.4 – 7.6, 6+) and a two-tenths decline by CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” (6.9 – 6.7, 6+) creates some breathing room for “More FM,” which repeats at #1 while WOGL does the same at #2. Up six-tenths in September, which halted three successive downward moves for a combined loss of one full-share (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+), “More FM” occupied the market’s top spot for 12 consecutive survey periods (August 2015 through June 2016). Improving by four-tenths to 1.6 (6+), WRTI (#21 to #19) ends eight successive sweeps without an increase (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2 -1.2, 6+); the Temple University classical outlet was a combined -1.6 since January. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL is down or flat for the third successive time (4.9 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+) with “Power 99” drifting from seventh to tenth.            

8) Atlanta – Down by one-half share in September, WSB-AM more than makes up for it by boasting a +1.2 (9.4 – 8.9 – 10.1, 6+) wsb-amas the Cox Media Group talker holds the top spot for the ninth straight month. On top of that, this marks the first time in its PPM-history that WSB-AM breaks into double-digits (6+). Stuck on 4.2 (6+) in July and August, Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ sputtered by eight-tenths in September only to come roaring back with a +.9 in October (4.2 – 3.4 – 4.3, 6+) as “Q-100 All the Hits” cracks the top ten (#15 to #8). In the process, it leapfrogs formatwwwq rival – iHeartMedia-owned WWPR “Power 96.1” – which declines by four-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.9, 6+) but stays at #10. It has been a seesaw situation lately for CBS Radio sports outlet/Atlanta Falcons flagship WZGC, which hung out a +.6 in August; was -.5 in September; and is now +.7; “92.9 The Game” is unchanged at #16. It is another case of “what a difference one month makes,” as this time last month, WKHX had bragging rights for heftiest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increase among all stations in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released that particular Monday (3.9 – 5.2, +1.3, 6+). Now though, the Cumulus Media country property has the dubious distinction of registering the largest (6+) September 2016 – October 2016 decrease among all stations in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released yesterday (5.2 – 3.8, -1.4, 6+) with “Kicks 101.5” plummeting out of the top ten (#5 to #11). September’s 5.2 was its most potent 6+-share since April 2011 (5.2 as well). Its challenger – iHeartMedia’s WUBL “94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s New Country Leader” – falters by four-tenths (4.1 – 3.7, 6+) and slides from #11 to #13. Dropping from third to fourth, Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104.1” regresses by one-half share after September’s -.6 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.1, 6+). A quartet of talk outlets is clumped together including Georgia State University-owned WRAS (.6, -.2, #26); CBS Radio’s WAOK (.4, flat, #27); iHeartMedia’s WGST (.4, flat #27); and Salem Media Group‘s WGKA (.2, flat, #29).

9) Long Island – Good news for football flagships here as CBS Radio/New York Giants key station WFAN-FM “The Fan” wfanbetters its September numbers by a whopping +1.2 (4.3 – 5.5, fifth to second, 6+), while New York Jets flagship WEPN-FM “ESPN New York 98.7″ improves by one-half share (1.3, #23, 6+). Emmis-owned/ESPN-operated “ESPN New York 98.7” had been without an increase the past four sweeps (1.2 – 1.0 -.9 – .8 – .8, 6+). In addition to WEPN-FM, Cumulus Media talker WABC is also upwalk-fm by one-half share to 2.8 (#19 to #15, 6+). The increase applies the brakes to WABC’s seven consecutive down or flat trends (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+) that produced a combined -1.2. Frozen on 3.5 (6+) in April, May, and June, iHeartMedia talker WOR dropped to 3.3 in July; rebounded with a one-half share increase in August; and recaptures the eight-tenths it lost in September (3.8 – 3.0 – 3.8, 6+) as the New York Mets flagship zooms from #15 into the top ten (#9). Chalking up gains of six-tenths each are Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM (5.2, fourth to third, 6+) and CBS Radio all-news WCBS-AM (seventh to fourth, 6+). WALK-FM had been without an increase the past four sweeps (5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+) for a combined -1.2. This is the third straight gain for WCBS-AM (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.6, 6+) and best 6+-stat in Long Island since February (also 4.6). The stream of Fordham University‘s triple A WFUV-FM, which had a 1.1 (6+) in August but disappeared from print in September, returns in October with a 1.1 (#27, 6+). Notwithstanding it is down for the third straight time (6.7 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.0  (6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” is on top in Long Island for the ninth successive sweep. A -.3 in August erased four straight sweeps where “Z-100” was up or flat (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+). Eroding by -1.1(3.5 – 2.4, 6+), rhythmic CHR sibling WKTU freefalls from #12 to #17. After being up or flat the past six times for a +1.2 (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp” coughs up one full-share to 2.4 (#13 to #17, 6+). Before reaching 3.4 in September, “Amp” had been in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) the previous 38 ratings periods. Locked on 4.8 (6+) in August and September, Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WBZO falters by eight-tenths to 4.0, drifting from a second-place tie to a seventh-place tie. This is the 22nd straight sweep that Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” is in 2.0 – 2.9 range (2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #19 to #20, 6+).

10) Riverside – In 3.2 – 3.9 territory (6+) the past five sweeps (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.2, 6+), CBS Radio country outlet KFRG “K-kfrgFrog” busts out a +.9 to 4.1, its best 6+-showing since April’s 4.2. Co-owned KXFG, meanwhile, has a .1 for the eighth consecutive time and it again finishes at #21. Up or flat for the sixth straight time for a net gain of +2.2 (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.1, 6+), Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA is in thekola runner-up slot for the fourth consecutive ratings period. Owing to a +.3 to 7.5 (6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is #1 for the eleventh consecutive ratings period. Following a one-share increase in June, which halted back-to-back downward trends that produced a combined -.4, “Jose” fell by two-tenths in July but bounced back with a +.8 in August. After each station improved by eight-tenths in September, Liberman Broadcasting regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” (3.6 – 2.7, sixth to eighth, 6+) and Univision Radio‘s similarly programmed KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” (5.2 – 4.6, unchanged at #4, 6+) sputter by nine-tenths and six-tenths, respectively. Prior to its +.8 in September, “Zona MX 101.9” was down or flat the previous three Inland Empire monthlies (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). This is the fifth successive time that Spanish contemporary cluster-mate KLVE is without a decrease (3.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.0, 6+), but after four straight times at #5, “K-Love 107.5” drops to #6. Twenty-five (25) stations appeared with at least a .1 (6+) in the September 2016 report with 12 either up or down from August by one-tenth and 10 flat. The remaining three were +.8 (KSCA); +.8 (KRQB); and -.9 (KLYY).

11) San Jose – Powered by a full-share improvement to 6.7 (6+), CBS Radio all-news operation KCBS-AM breaks the August and kcbs-amSeptember deadlock at #1 with Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “100.3 Mas Variedad.” This is the first time KCBS-AM crosses the six-share threshold in San Jose since May 2015’s 6.5. Meanwhile, KBRG is flat at 5.7 and segues to the runner-up position. 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 previouskbay four sweeps. Although steady at #6, Alpha Media-owned adult contemporary KBAY is up or flat for the fourth straight time for a net +.9 (3.4 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). Similarly, CBS Radio hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” is without a decrease since June (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 6+), but moves from a three-way tie at #14 to #15. Off by seven-tenths to 3.0, iHeartMedia‘s similarly programmed KIOI “Star 101.3” drops out of the top ten (#9 to #12) and has its lowest 6+-share in San Jose since February’s 2.6. Fellow hot AC, Alpha Media’s KEZR “Mix 106.5,” is on a rollercoaster ride. Following three successive up-trends that netted eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), it surrendered a -1.2 in August; regained two-thirds of that loss in September (+.8); but is -.7 in October (5.4 – 4.2 – 5.0 – 4.4, 6+); nonetheless, “Mix” remains at #5. Stymied at 3.0 (6+) in June and July, Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” gained one-tenth in August; tacked on six-tenths in September; but sputters by one-half share in October (3.1 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+) to depart the top ten (#9 to #11).

12) Middlesex – The third straight gain in Middlesex-Somerset-Union by iHeartMedia New York talker WOR is by one full-wor-logoshare (1.7 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.2, 6+) as the New York Mets flagship enters the top 20 at #14. Registering between a 5.1 – 5.7 (6+) the past four sweeps, Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source for R&B” erupts with a +.9 to 6.1, climbing from third to second. Down a combined six-tenths in back-to-back survey periods (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+), Greater Media adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” regains one-wblshalf share of it to 4.1 (6+) and moves from tenth to eighth. With a +.2 to 1.2 (6+), Emmis-owned/ESPN-operated WEPN “ESPN New York 98.7” ends seven successive ratings periods without an increase (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+); the New York Jets flagship is unchanged at #24. Despite being down by six-tenths (8.2 – 7.6, 6+), Townsquare Media talker WKXW is on top for the tenth consecutive ratings period. In September, “New Jersey 101.5” wiped out an August -.6 with an increase of seven-tenths. Owing to a four-tenths gain in July, it halted four straight negative trends that had resulted in a combined -1.4 (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+). Down or flat for the fourth consecutive sweep for a cumulative -1.1 (6.6 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3” slides from second to third; it is the lowest 6+-share in Middlesex for “Q-104.3” since January’s 4.5.

CBS RADIO Names Radiate Media New Traffic Data Provider.  The 10-year deal between CBS RADIO and iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic Network ends on March 31 of 2017 and CBS is announcing that it has chosen cbsradio-logoRadiate Media as its new broadcast content traffic partner, effective April 1.  In a statement, CBS RADIO says Radiate will supply it with customized traffic data for its over-the-air radio stations in 26 markets, as well as on corresponding station websites.  Radiateradiatemedia-logo Media will sell sponsorships within traffic reports to national network advertisers while CBS RADIO will continue to sell sponsorships to local and regional advertisers.  CBS RADIO COO Scott Herman states, “We are excited to work with Radiate Media to deliver superior traffic reports to our local listeners who rely on our stations for timely updates and alerts.  The new arrangement allows for Radiate to better serve national network advertisers, while giving CBS RADIO maximum flexibility to deliver unique marketing opportunities to our local and multi-market partners.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Portland triple A KINK is producing a cool promotion called the “1 Minute Film Festival.”  Alpha Media Portland says the station is asking listeners to enter films that are no more than one minute inkink-logo length.  Fans will vote on their favorite and KINK will hold a showing of the top 10 in the Skype Live Studio on Friday, November 18.  Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three films with 1st place also receiving a spot in the 2017 Portland Film Festival.  KINK APD and morning show host Cort Johnson says, “We’re lucky to live in a city with talented artists and I’m excited to see what kind of short films Portland can produce.  The one minute time limit is challenging, but also a fun take on the traditional film festival that can really only work in a city as unique as Portland.”…..CBS RADIO’s WCBS-FM, New wcbs-fm-logoYork us presenting “Holiday in Brooklyn” on Friday, December 9 at Barclays Center featuring live performances by James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, and Sarah McLachlan.  The concert is to help its audience celebrate the holidays and to thank them for listening to “New York’s Greatest Hits.”  Air personalities Scott Shannon, Dan Taylor, Bill Lee, Joe Causi, Dave Stewart and more will be on stage to introduce the live performances…..Musician Ryanwnshnathanfollese16 Follese (right) poses for a photo with WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” personality Shila Nathan (left) during an appearance at the station.  Follese is leaving the world of pop music to focus on his family’s roots in country music – his parents are well-known songwriters in Nashville.  On WNSH, Follese performed two songs from his recent EP: “Put a Label On It” and “Wilder.”…..Alpha Media San Antonio held the “9th Annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner Radiothon” on Friday, October 21 in the Alamo Lounge in order to raise more than $131,000.  The money will benefit the “Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner,” named after the late Raul Jimenez, a local restaurateur, that began 36 years ago serving meals to a couple of hundred people in need.  The tradition called “A Feast of the Heart” has continued annually orchestrated by Mr. Jimenez’s daughter, Patricia Jimenez.  Today the event serves Thanksgiving Day meals to more than 25,000 of most needy and elderly in San Antonio…..Cumulus Media Inc. is releasing financial data for the third quarter of 2016 on Tuesday, November 8 at 4:00 pm ET.  This will be the fifth quarterly report with Mary Berner as CEO of the company and the first report after the recent 1-for-8 reverse split in which eight shares Cumulus Media’s Class A common stock was converted into one share.

Monday, October 24, 2016

| October 24, 2016

CBS RADIO Names Brian McHale SVP, Information Technology.  The senior vice president, information technology is a newly created position for CBS RADIO.  In this role, Brian McHale will be responsible for building and overseeing the company’s first dedicated information technology team, along with effectivemchalebrian technological strategies and infrastructure to support CBS RADIO’s 117 radio stations, digital assets, and the security solutions to protect the company’s multi-platform products.  He’ll also build a structure to support the IT needs of the company’s employees at both the enterprise and local market levels.  CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez says, “In today’s hyper-digital world, the flow, security and enhancement of information technology is the backbone of any company.  Brian has vast experience with developing and implementing world-class IT infrastructures and will lead CBS RADIO to create a superior system that supports every function of our business.”  McHale was most recently SVP and chief information officer for American Apparel Inc.  He’s also worked with Journal Broadcast Group and Fisher Communications during his career.

New PDs Named at Alpha Media Myrtle Beach.  With the exit of BJ Kinard from the operations manager and program director position at Alpha Media’s Myrtle Beach, South Carolina station group, come new PD appointments.  Ron “Crash” Kissell is promoted from his music director role at alternative WKZQ to program director of the station.  For sister CHR WMYB “Energy 92.1,” Chris “Zack” O’Donnell is upped to PD.

Sonnenklar Appointed COO of Connoisseur Integrated Solutions.  Former McGavren-Guild CEO Lisa Sonnenklar joins Connoisseur Media as chief operating officer of the company’s integrated solutionsconnoisseur-media-logo division.  In this role, Sonnenklar will oversee the company’s multi-platform efforts in the New York/Connecticut/ New Jersey region.  Connoisseur CEO Jeffrey Warshaw states, “Using our potent mix of radio, digital and event marketing assets, we have been able to get tremendous ROI and visibility for many of our clients.  We are now putting even more firepower into these efforts.  We are delighted to welcome Lisa into the Connoisseur family.”

Chicago Radio Personality Herb Kent Dead at 88.  Windy City radio personality Herb Kent died on Saturday (10/22) at the age of 88 and after a seven-decade career on the city’s airwaves.  Kent’s death was kentherbannounced by iHeartMedia’s urban contemporary WVAZ “V103” which noted that Kent died later in the day Saturday after doing his regular Saturday morning show on the station.  He’d been with WVAZ for 30 years, according to an account in the Chicago Tribune.  He started in radio in 1944 spinning classical music on WBEZ.  Kent was one of the iconic personalities on WVON when the station launched and became one of the most-listened-to stations by African Americans in Chicago.  During his career he also worked at WGRY, Gary; WMAQ, WGES and WBEE in Chicago as well as WJOB in Hammond, Indiana.  Read the Tribune obit here.

San Antonio Radio Legend Ricci Ware Passes at 79.  Legendary San Antonio DJ and radio personality Ricci Ware died on Friday (10/21) at age 79.  Ware – the father of KTSA morning personality Trey Ware – started his radio career as a disc jockey spinning the hits and transitioned to a talk show host during his 50-plus year career.   warericciWare began in radio in Baytown, Texas and then moved to Austin where he worked for KTBC.  From there he moved to KTSA in San Antonio and gained a reputation as one of the market’s most popular DJs during the 1960s.  After leaving KTSA and working at KBUC where he was co-host of the popular “Ricci and Jud” show, he returned to KTSA to launch his talk radio career.  Son Trey Ware says in a statement, “My hero returned home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this morning.  My dad, Ricci Ware was my hero in every sense of the word.  He was the greatest father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who ever lived.  He never met a stranger, and always had a kind word and a smile for others.  God put him here to bring joy to this life, and he did it so very well.”

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“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” – Muhammad Ali

“Tough girls come from New York.  Sweet girls, they’re from Georgia.  But us Kentucky girls, we have fire and ice in our blood.” – Ashley Judd

wsfr-logoIf none of these quotes scare you…then you might have what it takes to be the next big quotable from Kentucky.  Louisville’s highest rated classic hits station “107-7 the Eagle” needs our next big morning show.  Yes, live-and-local radio.  You’ll be given a blank canvas to paint whatever picture you want.  All formats encouraged – 3 years on-air experience a must.  Market size is not a factor – good radio is good radio.  Submit resume and audio now –  Only those with a strong desire to win need apply.  SummitMedia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Friday, October 21, 2016

| October 21, 2016

CBS RADIO Re-Ups with SVP of Programming and Music Initiatives Michael Martin.  Based in San Francisco, Michael Martin also programs CBS RADIO’s CHR KQMV and hot AC KLLC, but his corporate role with the company is as senior vice president of programming and music initiatives and CHR format captain.  CBS announces that it has signed Martin to a new, multi-year deal to remain with the company.  Executive vice president cbsradioof programming Chris Oliviero says, “Since the creation of this important position less than three years ago,martinmichael Michael has reshaped and evolved the dynamic partnership between our stations, artists, labels and managers.  His leadership, his relationships and his respected reputation has helped rewrite the playbook on how radio continues to create for fans many of the best and most memorable moments in music.”  In the SVP of programming and music initiatives role, Martin “taps into his strong label and artist relationships to program live national events for CBS RADIO, including this Saturday’s ‘We Can Survive’ concert featuring Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic, and Pitbull.  Martin also leads the efforts for CBS RADIO’s ‘Stars and Strings’ (Nov. 9), ‘The Night Before’ and ‘Sun.Pool.Fun’ concerts that run throughout the year and in various cities across the U.S.”  CBS RADIO San Francisco SVP and market manager Doug Harvill adds, “Michael is a true programming leader – a skillful music curator and content creator who keeps our listeners engaged, which in turn drives ratings and builds ad revenue.  We’re incredibly lucky to have him.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Although the actual contest takes place on Tuesday, a one-hour radio special will feature interviews with the top 10 finalists of Cumulus Media’s “NASH Next Challenge 2016” – the national grassroots country music talent search and artist development program – on “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith on Sunday, October 23 from 11:00 pm to 12:00 midnight ET…..SiriusXM is announcing a new, bi-weekly show featuring 80s rock icon Billy Idol.  The show – “Live Transmissions” – will consist of Idol playing his favorite music from the 1980s, including Joy Division, The Clash, Stooges, Ramones, Velvet Underground, The Damned, Generation X and more…..Cumulus Media’s triple A KFOG, San Francisco announces the 2016 “Concert for Kids” lineup will feature: Band of Horses, Blind Pilot and The Revivalists.  This is the 31st year for the concert event that raises funds for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the Marines’ Toys for Tots.  It’ll take place at the Masonic on December 8.


Old Dominion Rocks ANA Conference.  Country stars Old Dominion kicked off the fun at the recent ANA Masters of Marketing Conference on Wednesday, October 19, in Orlando.  The conference is a three day event for chief marketing officers and other industry marketing pros that allows them to share stories of how they built brands, leveraged the expanding array of media, made marketing more accountable, and improved the quality of their marketing organizations.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Pierre Bouvard, chief insights officer, Westwood One; Geoff Sprung, Old Dominion; Kristina Sweet, VP, sponsorship, ANA; Trevor Rosen, Old Dominion; Matthew Ramsey, Old Dominion; Suzanne Grimes, president, Westwood One/EVP, corporate marketing, Cumulus Media; Brad Tursi, Old Dominion; Christina Albee, CMO, Westwood One; Whit Sellers, Old Dominion; Steve Shaw, president, Sales, Westwood One.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

| October 20, 2016

Kenny Wall to Program ‘NASH FM 92.9’ in Lexington.  Programming pro Kenny Wall joins Cumulus Media to serve as PD for WLXX, Lexington, Kentucky “NASH FM 92.9.”  Wall was most recently withwallkenny Townsquare Media in Amarillo, Texas where he was operations manager.  This is a return to Cumulus for Wall who in the past programmed WBSX-FM and WBHT-FM in Wilkes Barre.  Cumulus Media Lexington OM Tony “Twitch” Longo states, “I’ve known Kenny for years, and I’m excited that we are finally getting the chance to work together!  There is nobody in the country I’d rather have at the helm of such a heritage station as WLXX.  Can’t wait to turn him loose!”

Chris Randolph Partners with Sarah Jordan for AMs on WXMA, Louisville.  Hot AC WXMA, Louisville “102.3 The Max” announces on-air pro Christopher Randolph is joining the station to co-host the randolphchrismorning show with program director and station personality Sarah Jordan.  In a statement, Alpha Media Louisville SVP and market manager Bill Gentry comments, “Chris and I have worked together for many years…you’d think I would have learned something by now!  The guy is a pro and just keeps re-inventing himself.  Randolph has instant credibility with listeners and clients.  I look forward to the launch of Louisville’s best new local morning show with Chris and Sarah.”

KZHT, Salt Lake City Extends Frankie C.  This is a new, three-year deal for CHR KZHT, Salt Lake Cityfrankiejess personality Frankie C, co-host of the “Frankie and Jess” show with Jessica FergusoniHeartMedia regional market president Stu Stanek says, “We’re thrilled to team with Frankie again for another three years.  Our company has built its success on having the best personalities in all of our markets and Frankie is a prime example.  After 19 years on 97.1 ZHT, the audience has come to enjoy him and the show every day and he has helped put us in a dominant position.”

Anderson New NTR Director at Beasley Tampa.  Tampa radio promotions and sales pro Voncile Anderson is named director of non-traditional revenue sales for Beasley Media Group’s Tampa cluster.  Voncile has worked andersonvoncilein the market for two decades, including beginning as a promotion director at WRBQ, Tampa Bay.  She has worked with notables in the industry, including Q105’s Mason Dixon.  In this new position she’ll be responsible for assessing the area’s special event opportunities and determining the venues with greatest potential to grow revenue for the Tampa Bay cluster.   Speaking about her new gig, Anderson says, “I like to say I have earned ‘market equity’ because I have invested my entire career doing events that entertain, raise money for charities, and help our Tampa Bay businesses grow.  I’m so proud to have been chosen for this new, unique NTR opportunity!”

Cool Air Talent Gigs in North Dakota.  You never thought Donald Trump would run for president.  You never thought Hillary might win.  But did you think a broadcasting company would be actually be expanding and hiring leightonbroadcastingair personalities?  Leighton Broadcasting Grand Forks, North Dakota is looking to hire air talent for all shifts for country, AC, and CHR formats. Leighton does broadcasting the right way – a heritage family/employee-owned company that cares about our employees and our community.  Whatever experience in your career — market veteran or just starting out — the main thing that matters is your passion to perform!  We are looking for talent with attitude, heart, passion, creativity, the ability to get in front of the public, and the will to excel.   If you think you have what it takes to join the creative team at Leighton Broadcasting Grand Forks then send your materials to: Jarrod Thomas, OM, at   Leighton Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  For the sixth year in a row, Drake Hall’s “Drake Hall in the Morning” – on Cumulus Media’s rock WXMX, Memphis “98.1 The Max” – has been voted “Best Radio Show” in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis.   The paper says: “Drake Hall wins the bling, twice taking the crown for Best Radio Show and for Best Radio Personality.  He’s crotchety, he’s lovable, he has great guests, great music and Memphis loves this guy.”  Hall works with co-host Danni Bruns along with producers Wes and Syd…..Joel Shoemaker, SVP of LGBT initiatives for iHeartMedia says that in observance of LGBT History Month and today’s GLAAD #SpiritDay – a day when millions “go purple” and join together to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth – the company’s stations are airing PSAs featuring Lady Gaga, Troye Sivan, Elvis Duran and Andy Grammer.  The spots are currently airing on CHR and AC stations across the country and encourage listeners to “go purple” and unite against the bullying of LGBT youth…..WISX, Philadelphia “Mix 106.1” and Harrah’s Philadelphia is  hosting an intimate Goo Goo Dolls acoustic performance for iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s  “Bid for Breast Cancer” initiative.  A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will benefit the American Association for Cancer Research, the world’s first and largest cancer research organization…..Next Tuesday is the “NASH Next Challenge 2016 Finale,” taking place at Mercy Lounge in Nashville.  The “NASH Next 2016 Challenge” is Cumulus Media’s national grassroots talent search and artist development program for country music, and Tuesday’s finale and selection of a grand prize winner will take place then.  Finalists will compete for a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group with their original song produced by Jay DeMarcus, that will receive airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations across the country.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

| October 19, 2016

Melissa Chase Appointed to OM at SummitMedia Richmond.  Programmer and air personality Melissa Chase takes on the operations manager position at SummitMedia’s Richmond, Virginia station group thatchasemelissa includes: country WKHK “K95,” hot Ac WURV “103.7 Play,” classic rock WKLR, adult hits WJSR “Star 100.9,” CHR W291CL “Hot 106.1,” and hip hop W282CA “G104.3.”  Chase comments, “I am beyond excited to be able to work with a talented team to continue to provide incredible content, killer music and outstanding local promotions for SummitMedia Richmond.  A huge thank you to all the amazing programmers I’ve worked with who have been mentors through this journey – and especially to Bill Tanner, John Olsen, Dom Theodore and Bob Willoughby for this opportunity!”

Valentine Named Mix Show Coordinator for KALV, Phoenix.  Air personality Daniel Valentine is currently heard on CBS RADIO’s CHR KALV, Phoenix “LIVE 101.5” hosting the noontime “Eat 2 the Beat Mix” valentinedanieland evenings at 10:00 pm on the “Late Night Mix Fix.”  Now, the Arizona State University student is named mix show coordinator for the station.  CBS RADIO VP of programming Tim Richards says, “Daniel has been an important part of the ‘LIVE’ mix team and we’re excited to promote him to this well-deserved position.”  Valentine began as an intern at CBS RADIO Phoenix in the fall of 2013 and quickly moved to a promotions assistant position in January 2014. Valentine began mixing nightly on air for “LIVE 101.5” in September 2014.

Cox Adds EVP of National Ad Platforms to Brett Fennell’s Title; Promotes Palmer and Morrow.  At Cox Media Group, chief financial officer Brett Fennell is promoted as the company adds EVP of national ad coxmediagroupplatforms to his job title.  A the same time, SVP of sales for CoxReps and president of HRP David Palmer is upped to president of CoxReps where he’ll report to Fennell.   Jason Morrow, president of TeleRep (a division of CoxReps), is now promoted to chief operating officer of CoxReps. All of these changes will take place on January 1.  Kim Guthrie, who takes over the CMG president role on that date, says, “It is remarkable to be able to tap such strong internal talent in our leadership ranks to fill these important roles.  The alignment of CoxReps, Gamut and Videa under Brett’s strategic leadership will take these businesses to the next level for our valued broadcast advertising customers.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Radio programming pro John Roberts joins Townsquare Media’s Tyler-Longview, Texas cluster to serve as operations manager for the four-station cluster consisting of: country KNUE, hot AC KTYL “MIX 93.1,” urban AC KISX “HOT 107.3 JAMZ,” and classic rock KKTX.  He previously programmed E.W. Scripps’ CHR KHTT, Tulsa “106.9 K-HITS.”…..Gold Coast Broadcasting promotes CHR KFYV, Oxnard-Ventura, California morning host and promotions director Katrina Medrano by adding music director duties.

dfranciscoDOOBIE PICK: Check Out New Single by D. Francisco.  According to RadioInfo music editor Duane Doobie Jr., the new single by D. Francisco, “I Want Ya” (In Ohm Entertainment) is something that should not be overlooked by CHR programmers interested in infusing some Latin pop into their format without reliving the late-90s through assorted tracks from the discographies of Ricky Martin and Julio Iglesias.  Doobie says, “This single has all of the dance energy from the best of Latin pop, but also incorporates twists reminiscent of more classical/operatic artists with an EDM tinged sound.  Not playing this track is only giving the competition ownership of an up-and-coming artist – D. Francisco.”  The “I Want Ya” music video is a sizzling number that heats up quick and burns hot until the very end.  It’s set in a darkened club with a group of high rollers seated around a small table, and they’re playing a very big game of poker.  Chips and dollars abound – it’s clear that the stakes are high.  As D. Francisco and his band light up the stage, a buxom new participant, dressed in all white, enters the match: Ana Carla Sinclair.  Known as a contestant on “The Voice Mexico,” she takes a seat, portraying quite the foil to the sultry hostess and attending waitress, dressed in a sizzling black and red outfit, played by renowned dancer Nayara Nuñez. As the action ensues, a coy game of eye contact and knowing glances are exchanged by D. Francisco, Nayara, and Ana, although it’s unclear exactly who is on which side.  Eventually, Ana runs the table with the supposed “pros” while Nayara explodes onstage with her brilliant dance.  Though she may have a furtive plan in place, D. Francisco discreetly disarms her, and executes a plan of his own on the way out the door! Check it out here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

| October 18, 2016

Entercom to Acquire Four Charlotte Signals from Beasley for $24 Million.  In order to stay under the FCC ownership cap in the Charlotte market, Beasley Broadcast Group has to sell some of its holdings that would wbtwlnk-duo-logoput if over the cap after the previously announced Greater Media acquisition deal closes.  Now, Beasley announces that Entercom will acquire news/talk WBT-AM/FM, hot ACwfnz WLNK-FM (all three currently owned by Greater Media) plus sports talk WFNZ-AM and its accompanying FM translator.  The company says that Entercom will begin operating WBT-AM/FM and WLNK-FM upon the closing of the Greater Media deal, pursuant to a time brokerage agreement.  Back on July 19, Beasley and Greater Media entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Beasley will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million, subject to adjustments.

Entercom to Refinance Debt.  The Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania-based broadcaster announces it is meeting with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC and entercomWells Fargo Securities, LLC today to discuss a refinancing of its senior and senior unsecured debt.  In a press statement, Entercom Communications says it expects to enter into a $520 million senior secured credit facility that will include a $60 million revolving credit facility with a five-year maturity, plus a $460 million term loan with a seven-year maturity.  Entercom will use the term loan to refinance $225 million in existing senior secured bank debt, plus it will buy back $220 million in 10.5% senior subordinated notes.

iHeartMedia Flips Rhythmic CHR KBWX, St. Louis to Alternative as ‘Alt 104.9.’  And the morningwoodyshow-logo drive show at the new alt rocker will be KYSR, Los Angeles-based “The Woody Show.”  Woody’s program was previously heard on crosstown KPNT “105.7 The Point” in the market and iHeartMedia region president Beth Davis says, “St. Louis has been very eager for a new alternative rock brand.  We are excited to deliver on that request as well as the return of ‘The Woody Show’ – I’m excited to watch how quickly Woody will reinstate his relationship with both listeners and advertisers here in St. Louis.”

ebrolauraAlpha Media Names Ebro & Laura Stylez Afternoon Hosts.  It’s another gig for Ebro Darden and Laura Stylez as the duo will host the 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm show on Alpha Media Portland’s hip hop KWEE, Portland “WE 96.3.”  Ebro also currently hosts Apple’s Beats 1 and does mornings on Emmis’ WQHT, New York “HOT 97” with Stylez.  Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “One of the core values of Alpha Media is our relentless effort to create new content in ways that others might have overlooked.  One example of this was during the creation of ‘WE 96.3’ by using Ebro Darden to narrate the brand.  Now with the addition of Laura Stylez, WE have even more opportunities to push the brand forward while welcoming Ebro back to Portland.”  Darden comments, “Portland is an awesome city and being on #TeamWe to bring real hip hop back to the radio in this city is super exciting.”

CBS RADIO Renews KITS, San Francisco AM Talent Kevin Klein.  Citing very positive ratings numbers for its morning drive show on alternative KITS, CBS RADIO announces it is signing air personality Kevin Klein kitsto a new, multi-year contract.  The station says that since debuting in September of 2014, “Kevin Klein LIVE” – with co-host Ally Johnson – has grown to attract “record-breaking numbers for the station, finishing the last quarterly book #1 among P18-34 and #3 among P18-49.”  Program director Jacent Jackson comments, “In just two years, ‘Kevin Klein Live’ has become a defining voice for a new generation of Bay Area listeners.  They sound like nothing else on the dial.  We are thrilled by their accomplishments and look forward to continued success for ‘Kevin Klein Live’ on ‘Live 105.’  The future for this show is bright.”

Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue Named OM for Radio One Richmond.  Urban programmer Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue is named the new operations manager for Radio One’s four-station cluster in Richmond, effectiveodonoghueyonni October 24.  The company says O’Donoghue has “nearly 20 years of urban radio programming experience…a keen ear for music, sharp mind for metrics and music research and a creative spirit for audio and digital content, including social media management.” He’s previously served with both Beasley Broadcast Group and Cumulus Media.  He’ll oversee programming at mainstream urban WCDX “IPower,” urban AC WKJS “Kiss,” inspiration WPZZ “Praise,” and news/talk WTPS-AM.

Michael Baisden to Return to Airwaves Via Superadio.  Urban media personality Michael Baisden has been teasing a return to the radio on social media and now it’s official that he’ll again be doing an afternoon drive baisdenmichaelprogram via Superadio.  There’s no official start date set but at least week’s NABOB “Power of Urban Radio Conference,” it was announced the deal involves Baisden’s company, American Urban Radio Network, Perry Broadcasting and Superadio.  Baisden went off the radio three years ago after his relationship with Cumulus Media imploded.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  CHR WPLW, Raleigh “PULSE 96.9 & 102.5” program director Mike Biddle is exiting his role with the Curtis Media Group station to take a marketing position outside of the radio biz…..Doug Daniels, a.k.a. Douglas Holzmeier, is named the operations manager at Evans Broadcasting’s country KWFP, classic rock KURK, and news/talk KKFT in Reno as well as its country KCMY-AM, Carson City.  He’d been with the stations in sales with Wilks prior to their sale to Evans.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallCBS News Icon Charles Osgood Is the Subject of this Week’s Harrison Podcast.  Legendary CBS News radio and television giant Charles Osgood is the guest on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (10/18).  Osgood has been hosting (and continues to host) the four-osgoodcharlestimes-per-weekday morning feature “The Osgood Files” on radio stations across the nation since 1971.  He also retired several weeks ago from a 24-year stint as the anchor of television’s CBS News “Sunday Morning” program. Harrison and Osgood talk about changes in media and journalism over the years culminating with a provocative analysis of the current presidential election. 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 and

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Alternative KNDD, Seattle “107.7 The End” announces the lineup for the December 6 “Deck the Hall Ball” at the Key Arena:  Featured acts will be: Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Glass Animals, Band of Horses, Coin, and My Goodness…..Hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Radio Alice @ 97.3” is presenting the “Alice in Winterland” show on December 1 at the Masonic.  On stage will be: OneRepublic, Train, and Los Bandoleros…..CBS RADIO’s KLUC, KMXB and KXQQ in Las Vegas announced New Year’s shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that will feature The Weeknd performing on December 30 and Sting on December 31.  CBS RADIO is offering fly-away contests and is promoting the shows across 23 of its stations nationwide…..North Carolina State University’s WKNC, Raleigh is upgrading to an HD signal.  General manager Emily Ehling says, “The benefits of broadcasting in HD are the overall sound quality improvement and the fact that we will eventually be able to multi-cast.  Only about a dozen or so college radio stations broadcast in HD, which makes us even cooler since we’re ahead of the curve!”

Monday, October 17, 2016

| October 17, 2016

Rob Kruz Named PD for CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  Programmer Rob Kruz is appointed to the program director position at iHeartMedia’s CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  He takes over for John Mayer, who resigned to relocate to New York for family reasons.  Kruz was most recently PD and afternoon jock at iHM’s WZFT, Baltimore “Z 104.3.”kruz  iHeartMedia Tampa SVP of programming Travis Daily states, “I could not be more excited for Rob to join our team at ‘93.3 FLZ,’ which already amazes and humbles me on a daily basis.  Rob is the perfect fit for this family and we can’t wait for him to help write the next chapter in the history of a very special radio station.”  In addition to his work at WZFT, Kruz also was an air talent at WITH, Washington and WQAL, Cleveland.  He began his radio career in Detroit at WDRQ while he attended the University of Michigan.

Corey B. Named Evening Host at ‘B96’ in Chicago.  Air personality Corey B. is the new evening jock at CBS RADIO’s CHR WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96.”  Most recently with Entercom’s WEZB, New Orleans “B97” coreyband, prior to that iHM’s WFLZ, Tampa, Corey B. takes over for Eric Tyler who was promoted to afternoons at “B96” with the move of Stylz & Roman to mornings on the company’s country WUSN.  CBS RADIO Chicago VP of programming Todd Cavanah says, “We believe we’ve uncovered a true diamond in the rough with Corey B.  In addition to driving the station over the air at night, Corey’s skill and creativity on social media is off the charts.  We can’t wait to introduce him to Chicagoland later this month.”

Berger Named ‘Power 106’ Los Angeles’ Imaging Director.  Imaging pro Andrew Berger is named imaging director for Emmis Communications’ hip hop KPWR, Los Angeles “Power 106.”  Berger rose to be singled out kpwr-logoby DJ Enuff of WQHT and joined him as imaging director and producer for DJ Enuff’s weekly show, “The Heavy Hitters,” on SiriusXM’s SHADE 45 channel.  Emmis VP of programming Jimmy Steal comments, “We did an extensive search for this position and Andrew Berger was beyond impressive with his amazing imaging skills, great work ethic, and high energy.  He’s the perfect fit for our talented team.”  Berger comments, “I can’t wait to join the ‘Power 106’ family.  Emmis is where I fell in love with radio and now to have the opportunity to contribute to this legendary station as its imaging director is a dream come true!  I look forward to working alongside the great talent that makes ‘Power 106’ the leading brand in radio.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In San Diego, Entercom inks country KSON midday personality Amber Rainey to a new, multi-year contract.  Rainey took over the daypart after Brooks O’Brian transitioned to off-air responsibilities in 2015…..Jay Morris is exiting his brand manager role with Midwest Communications’ Kalamazoo station group where he programmed alternative WZOX, news/talk WKZO, and sports talk WQLR for a gig outside of the radio biz.  Cluster director of operations and programming Steve Mills assumes PD duties on an interim basis…..Amani Abraham transitions from the anchor/reporter role at Rubber City Radio’s country WQMX and news/talk WAKR in Akron to WKYC-TV, Cleveland to serve as a reporter…..Spotify’s Martin Lorentzon relinquishes the chairman role at the digital pure play but will remain vice chairman of the board.  Chief executive officer Daniel Ek is taking over the chairman position…..Alpha Media names Bob Rose the new market manager for its Mankato, Minnesota station group that includes CHR KEEZ, country KYSM, and rock KMKO.

emmisJeff Smulyan’s Go-Private Bid Fails.  The CEO of Emmis Communications extended this offer deadline three times, but that still wasn’t enough for the special committee of independent directors and his $4.10 per share offer to take the company private failed.  As the Indianapolis Business Journal smulyanjeffreports, this was the third time over the last 10 years that Jeff Smulyan had bid to take the company private.  Emmis stock closed at $3.99 on Friday (10/14).  The IBJ also notes that Smulyan’s offer represented a 25% premium to Emmis’ average closing share price over the 90 days prior to the announcement of the deal, but investors obviously felt the offer was way too low.  Smulyan appears to be finished trying to take the company private and writes to shareholders that he looks “forward to continuing to work with you as we move Emmis forward as a public company.”

Ed Levine’s Galaxy Communications to Buy Western Massachusetts Radio Group.  Syracuse, New York-Based Galaxy Communications announces it has signed a definitive agreement to buy the six-station radio group operating as Berkshires Media Group from parent company Gamma Broadcasting for an undisclosed sum.  galaxycommunicationsThe stations are: hot AC WBEC-FM, Pittsfield; news/talk WBEC-AM, Pittsfield-AM; classic hits WUPE-AM/FM, North Adams; AC WSBS-AM, Great Barrington; and AC WNAW-AM, North Adams.  Levine says, “These six radio stations do a tremendous job of serving their communities with great local radio. They have thrived under the ownership of Gamma Broadcasting, which has done a wonderful job. I look forward to working with market manager Peter Barry and the entire staff of radio professionals.”  Gamma president Bruce Danziger adds, “We feel confident placing our terrific stations and people in Ed Levine’s capable hands.  This is a special group, led by Peter, and we know Ed’s oversight will continue to bring good results for our people and the community.”

CBS to Break Out Radio Performance During Quarterly Reports.  As the company states, this is in advance of its separating the CBS RADIO segment from the rest of the company and the expected initial public offering for cbsradiothe new radio company.  The company explains that “beginning with the filing of the Company’s Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2016, the Company’s previously reported operating segment, Local Broadcasting, will be separated into the following two operating segments: (1) Local Media and (2) Radio.  In connection with this new segment presentation, the presentation of intercompany revenues has been revised, including station affiliation fees paid by Local Media to the CBS Television Network. The following financial information reflects the new segment and intercompany presentations for all periods presented.”  What we’re seeing in the report is that although radio segment revenue has been down slightly over the last six quarters, station operating income has improved.

Friday, October 14, 2016

| October 14, 2016

WPLJ, New York Inks Race Taylor to New Deal.  Midday personality Race Taylor signs a multi-year contract extension with Cumulus Media to remain with New York’s hot AC “95.5 PLJ.”  The station notes thattaylorrace Taylor has been part of the “95.5 PLJ” on-air team since October 1999.  Prior to that, he hosted PM drive and was assistant program director for “Mix 102.9” KDMX, Dallas/Fort Worth, and was PM drive host and APD “Q102” WKRQ, Cincinnati.  He’s also been a prominent voice on ABC Television for wpljmany years where he’s heard daily on “The View,” “The Chew,” “General Hospital,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”  Taylor’s voice work also airs regularly on primetime television shows including: “Dancing With The Stars,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “The Bachelor,” “Castle,” “Scandal,” “Nashville” and many others.  WPLJ program director Gillette states, “In the hallways, Race is the definition of ‘professional,’ ‘gentleman’ and ‘esteemed colleague.’  On the air, he is the consummate communicator.  He actually may have invented the concept of engagement.  He can take the simplest break and make it a drop the mic moment.  We’re thrilled to continue our partnership.  He’s been such an important part of this brand’s heritage and is an even more important part of 95.5 PLJ’s future.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Music radio pro Steve Serrano is elevated to program director for Steelserranosteve City Media’s CHR KMXV, Kansas City “MIX 93.3.”  Serrano has been serving with the station as assistant program director, music director and evening personality.  Station VP and general manager Marc Harrell says, “Steve is the definition of hard-work-leads-to-great-success.  I’ve watched Steve grow from intern to on-air personality, MD to APD, and now to PD of one of the top Top 40 stations in rothrobinthe country.”…..San Diego media pro Robin Roth joins Midwest Television’s rock KFMB-FM for on-air work, beginning with her first air shift this Sunday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm…..Neuhoff Media announces the appointment of Matt Moore to the general sales manager position at the company’s Lafayette, Indiana station group that includes: country WKOA, classic hits WASK-FM, and sports talk WASK-AM “ESPN 1450AM.”  Moore has most recently been serving as regional account manager for Entercom’s Indianapolis cluster.

emmisEmmis Finds Buyer for Texas Monthly.  Just two days after Emmis Communications’ announcement that it found buyers for its stations in Terre Haute, Indiana, the company reports it has signed a deal with Genesis Park to sell the assets of Texas Monthly for $25 million, subject to working capital adjustments.  The press release indicates that “Genesis Park is a regional private equity firm that has built successful communications and technology businesses in Texas for many years.  Examples includetexasmonthly CapRock Services, Alpheus Communications and Vivante GMP.”  It was founded by Paul Hobby.  Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan states, “Texas Monthly has been a member of the Emmis family for 18 years, so today is bittersweet.  We want to thank all of our employees for their dedication and hard work.  This transaction allows us not only to de-lever our balance sheet, but puts TM in the capable hands of one of Texas’ great families, the Hobbys.” Emmis is still exploring opportunities to sell four other publications and New York radio signal WLIB-AM.

Alpha Media Sells Salina-Manhattan, Kansas Cluster to Rocking M Media.  This divestiture of stations is the first on record for Alpha Media, as far as RadioInfo can tell.   The company is selling its stations in the Salinaalphamedia and Manhattan, Kansas markets to local operator Rocking M Radio for an undisclosed price.  The five stations in the deal are: news/talk KSAL-AM, Salina; classic hits KSAL-rockinmmediaFM, Salina; standards KABI-AM, Abilene; country KYEZ-FM, Salina; and adult contemporary KBLS-FM, North Fort Riley.  Alpha Media CEO/president Bob Proffitt comments, “We’re happy for our employees in Salina to be joining such a great company. Rocking M Media is a strong force in Kansas radio and media.”  Because Rocking M already owns three signals in the market, it goes over the FCC cap and is announcing that it will spin KBLS-FM to Manhattan Broadcasting Company for an undisclosed sum.


NASH Shows Visit Garth in Texas.  “NASH Nights Live” and “America’s Morning Show” personalities visited with country superstar Garth Brooks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as he announced his new single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” and his partnership with Frito-Lay.  Pictured here (from l-r) are: John Shomby, director of programming, NASH Network; Kelly Ford, co-host, “America’s Morning Show”; Elaina Smith, co-host, “NASH Nights Live”; Brooks; Shawn Parr, co-host, “NASH Nights Live”; Chuck Wicks, co-host, “America’s Morning Show”; and Ty Bentli, co-host, “America’s Morning Show.”

WBT, Charlotte Seeks Talk Host and Digital Content Editor.  Charlotte’s heritage news/talker WBT-AM/FM is seeking a talk show host and management has clear ideas about what it wants and what it doesn’t want.  Here’s what the station says: “Charlotte’s News Talk 1110 and 99.3 WBT is looking for personalities that can lead a wbtlogoconversation while being entertaining.  Be serious when needed.  Embrace the Carolina lifestyle.  Someone who is not angry at the world.  If you want to talk politics for 3 hours a day please don’t waste your time applying for this role.  If you have to lean on guests to get through 3 hours a day we don’t want you.  If you get your show prep from Drudge you won’t fit in.  This is the perfect opportunity for you if you’re stuck on a cookie-cutter talk station or if you’re a music personality looking to extend your career.  Show us what you got. Email your resume and a short aircheck to now.  No phone calls please.  Simultaneously, the station is also seeking a digital content editor.  It says: “What do you get when you mix part writer, editor, news and political junky, student of social media and add a dash of video creator?  The making of News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT’s newest Digital Content Editor.  Our new team member will be a self-starter that creates, aggregates and maintains content, including text, video, photos and graphics, driving traffic and conversations to our news-talk radio station website, social and mobile efforts and builds communities. Writing and editing succinct, fact-filled content in a compelling and active tone for are at the core of this positions duties.”  Also apply for that position at

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