Category: Analysis

June 2014 PPM Analysis: Adult Hits

| July 23, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

 

kinosianLOS ANGELES — Our in-depth overviews of June PPM results concludes with adult hits.

Previous installments have highlighted classic hits-oldies and classic rock.

It is certainly worth noting that the classic hits-oldies and classic rock sample bases were identical, while the number of adult hits stations comprising our panel is slightly more than half as many as those two genres.

The following adult hits scoreboards consist of stations that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, June 2014) and are Nielsen Audio subscribers; only Nielsen Audio subscribing stations can appear in print.

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June 2014 PPM Analysis: Classic Rock

| July 22, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

 

kinosianLOS ANGELES — After assessing June PPM performances of classic hits-oldies stations, we turn our attention to classic rockers in that same sweep.

Month-to-month (6+) fluctuation results for the two genres are a virtual statistical dead heat: In each case, 59% improved May – June; 35% of classic hits-oldies stations declined compared to 33% for classic rock; and 6% of classic hits-oldies stations were flat versus 8% in classic rock.

In order to qualify for inclusion into the following classic rock scoreboards, a station had to rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, June 2014); only Nielsen Audio subscribers however appear in print.

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June 2014 PPM Analysis:
Classic Hits-Oldies

| July 21, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

 

LOS ANGELES —Each month, we examine three formats that possess some degree of commonality.

Our in-depth overviews of June PPM results will focus on the mostly gold genre. In this order, they will be overviews of classic hits-oldies; classic rock; and adult hits.

Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, June 2014) comprise the following classic hits-oldies scoreboards, which indicate that almost two of three such outlets that meet our ratings criteria either improved May-June (6+) or remained steady.

All of the following classic hits-oldies facilities are FM – with the exception of Greensboro’s WPCM-AM, which plays a hybrid oldies/beach music mix. Incidentally, the Carolina Radio Group-owned station registered a .1 (6+) in nine of 10 ratings surveys (August 2013 – April 2014), including seven straight sweeps (November – April).

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

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PPM Analysis: Urban-Rhythmic Oldies

| June 27, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

 

LOS ANGELES Our three-part series of in-depthoverviews of May PPM results concludes with urban-rhythmic oldies; the past two installments dealt with urban AC and urban contemporary.

Stations finishing in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, May 2014) comprise the following scoreboards.

Urban AC and urban contemporary have nearly an identical sample size in our analysis, while that of urban-rhythmic oldies is approximately one-third as much.

That fact notwithstanding, among the three formats, urban-rhythmic oldies displays the finest April – May progress.

In order to be listed in print by Nielsen Audio, a station has to be a subscriber to that ratings service. Owing to that, non-Nielsen Audio subscribers do not appear here.

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PPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary

| June 26, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

 

LOS ANGELES We began our comprehensive overviews of May PPM results with urban AC and will follow up by focusing on urban contemporary.

Stations finishing in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, May 2014) comprise the following scoreboards, which indicate that – as far as month-to-month activity is concerned – it was a mixed bag for urban contemporary.

In order to be listed in print by Nielsen Audio, a station has to be a subscriber to that ratings service. Owing to that reason, non-Nielsen Audio subscribers do not appear here.

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PPM Analysis: Urban AC

| June 25, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

 

LOS ANGELES Urban-flavored formats grab our attention as we commence in-depth overviews of May PPM results.

Getting us started is urban adult contemporary.

Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, May 2014) comprise the following scoreboards, which indicate that almost six of 10 urban ACs that meet our ratings criteria either improved April-May (6+) or remained steady.

In order to be listed in print by Nielsen Audio, a station has to be a subscriber to that ratings service. Owing to that reason, non-Nielsen Audio subscribers do not appear here.

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Pandora Chickened Out!

| June 19, 2014

New Jersey Broadcasters Association convention coverage by consultant Holland Cooke

 

cookewriterATLANTIC CITY – Stroll the iconic Boardwalk here, and you feel like you’ve stepped-back in time, the good ol’ summertime.

Also timeless: the radio mojo upstairs at Caesars, where the New Jersey Broadcasters Association convention wrapped Wednesday.  Because this state has only one commercial TV station – New York City’s channel 9, re-licensed to Secaucus to save its license years ago – this was, de facto, a radio show.  I attend lots of these state conventions, and each year this is a real good one.

Applause to affable NJ Broadcasters’ president/CEO Paul Rotella, who rounded-up some 300, an impressive headcount for a state meeting, in a state this size, with station travel budgets still tight.  And these attendees WERE…local…very “of” this unique state.  Proof: side-by-side on Radio Row: TWO stations on 1450AM, licensed-to, and sounding-very-much-like, their communities, in different parts of The Garden State.

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PPM Analysis: Adult Contemporary

| June 2, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor


LOS ANGELES
OurApril PPM overviews conclude with an in-depthlook at one of the most complex-to-define, yet incredibly successful radio formats – adult contemporary.

Virtually every musical genre, of course, has stations offering their own nuances. Adult contemporary though consistently seems to produce the most pronounced niches.

Perhaps no other format is as inclusive as AC, whose broad boundaries include facilities that identify themselves as some sort of adult contemporary flavor.

While the majority of the more than four-dozen stations populating this analysis are “mainstream” ACs, there are several other outlets with considerably less reliance on current/recurrent product.

These “soft” and/or “gold-based” ACs are too contemporary to be compartmentalized as “classic hits-oldies.” They have certainly found a comfortable home under the “adult contemporary” umbrella and tend to be ratings powerhouses.

Such is also the case for “rock AC” representative WMMO, Orlando; one or two “hot AC”-leaning ACs; and “smooth AC”-turned-AC KIFM, San Diego.

Ratings criteria for the series of adult contemporary scoreboards below is that an outlet must rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM markets (6+, April 2014). In order to be listed in print by Nielsen Audio, a station has to be a subscriber to that ratings service. Owing to that reason, non-Nielsen Audio subscribers do not appear here.

All PPM markets have at least one qualifying adult contemporary station except Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Jacksonville.

At least two subscribing qualifiers are present in Miami, San Diego, Tampa, Long Island, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Jose, Middlesex, and West Palm Beach.

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PPM Analysis: Hot AC

| May 27, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor


LOS ANGELES
April ratings results continue with an overview of hot AC outlets that rank in the top 20 in any PPM market (6+, April 2014).

In order to be listed in print by Nielsen Audio, a station has to be a subscriber to that ratings service. Owing to that reason, non-Nielsen Audio subscribers do not appear here.

All 48 PPM metros have at least one qualifying hot AC except Riverside, Columbus, Raleigh, Nashville, Greensboro, and Jacksonville.

At least two subscribing qualifiers are present in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Denver, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Indianapolis, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

In addition to its hot AC format, KTWN, Minneapolis is the flagship of MLB’s Minnesota Twins.

Sacramento’s KBZC changed its call letters to KWOD in late-March; approximately one week later (4/7), it became KUDL.

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PPM Analysis: Country

| May 23, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

 

LOS ANGELES Our overview of April PPM results begins with country, where we notice that more than two of three stations in that genre meeting our ratings criteria either improved March-April (6+) or remained steady (68%).

Country facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, April 2014) comprise the following scoreboard.

Among stations (narrowly) missing the cut is Cumulus New York’s WNSH at #21 with a 1.9, its second straight improvement by two-tenths; WNSH is listed in this analysis though for its performance in the Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey) monthly.

In addition to New York City, the only PPM markets without a representative in this April 2014 country overview are San Francisco and Long Island.

In order to be listed in print by Nielsen Audio, a station has to be a subscriber to that ratings service. Owing to that reason, non-Nielsen Audio subscribers do not appear here.

Talk stations consistently produce the most qualifiers; however, in the music arena, country and mainstream CHR have the largest sample sizes of top 20 finishers.

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