Category: Analysis

March 2016 PPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC

| April 22, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES — Our three-part series of March 2016 PPM overviews concludes with an analysis of rhythmic hot AC. Previous ratings recaps were posted for mainstream CHR (Wednesday, 4/20) and rhythmic CHR (yesterday, 4/21).

As was the case with those other two special feature pieces, the following rhythmic hot AC scoreboards are comprised of facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, March 2016).

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

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March 2016 PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR

| April 21, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES — Exclusive scoreboards and analysis of mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR)/top 40 were posted yesterday (Wednesday, 4/20).

A similar overview for rhythmic hot AC is forthcoming.

In the middle though is our in-depth summary of March 2016 PPM results for rhythmic CHR.

Mirroring the criteria for mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR stations that rank in the top 20 in a PPM-market (6+, March 2016) comprise the following charts.

Qualifying PPM-market mainstream CHRs in March 2016 are typically two rankers better than their rhythmic CHR counterparts (#8.58 to #10.92, 6+) and have 6+-shares nearly +1.5 greater than those compiled by rhythmic CHRs (5.20 versus 3.73).

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

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NAB Show: ‘Broadcasting knits us together’

| April 21, 2016

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recalled his boyhood, listening to his transistor radio, on his bike, humming newspapers onto lawns along his route.  And he says we still have his ear at work: “I keep the radio on in my office all day long.”

“I’m an NPR guy,” Wheeler smiled; telling us he also has SiriusXM in-car, for “72, The Broadway Channel.  I love Broadway music!”  And – segueing to the topic of AM radio – he added, “If an AM station were to go all-Broadway, I’d listen to that too”

“Technology changes.”

“The question,” the Chief Commish shrugged, “ is whether those managing technology will change with it.”  Meantime, he reports – and several of my clients confirm – that the FCC is briskly turning around AM stations’ translator applications: “Since we opened the window, we have processed over 500 ‘new stations.”

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March 2016 PPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR

| April 20, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES — Mainstream CHR/top 40 kicks off our in-depth overviews of March 2016 PPM results; companion pieces for rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC will be posted later this week.

Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, March 2016) comprise the following scoreboards.

With the exception of Denver and Riverside, each of the 48-PPM markets has at least “qualifying” mainstream CHR.

While month-to-month stats indicate 49% of our panel is up or flat, nearly three of every four stations on our mainstream CHR list are off in year-to-year comparisons.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.

For that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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NAB Show: Radio Uniquely Advantaged in Digital Age

| April 20, 2016

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — Visualize the sprawling exhibit hall here, acres and acres of hardware and software.  There’s an entire pavilion of drones!  And you can’t find a content-related conversation here that doesn’t involve digital content and social media.  So one Tuesday session I attended was conspicuous…

How Local Broadcasters Engage and Win in the Digital Age

In three words?  “Local, Local, Local.”

Katz Media Group EVP Strategy, Analytics & Research Stacey Lynn Schulman recalled visionary digital financier John Doerr’s mantra “SoLoMo:”   Social — Local – Mobile.

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NAB Show: ‘Unleashed’

| April 19, 2016

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — Strictly speaking, the National Association of Broadcasters’ mission is to represent the interests of AM/FM/TV licensees before regulators.  But transmitter distribution is just part of what’s on the agenda here this week, at a convention with the mantra “Unleashed” and conference subtitles “Content is King: Storytelling Across Platforms” and “Expand Your Vision.”

Walking-the-walk, NAB is live-streaming video “of select conference sessions as well as interviews with leading industry experts and vendors,” at BroadcastBeat.com

“Broadcasting is still the only way into every home in the USA.”

Ben Sherwood, president, Disney/ABC Television Group, keynoting the NAB Show Opening Session.

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February 2016 PPM Analysis: Triple A

| March 25, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES Our three-part series of in-depth overviews of February 2016 PPM results concludes with triple A, also known as “album alternative” or “adult album alternative.”

Previous February 2016 ratings summaries covered alternative (Wednesday, 3/23), and rock (Thursday, 3/24).

Of the three rock genres, triple A has the lowest average 6+-share (2.15, versus 3.06 for alternative and 4.07 for rock).

With 58% of its qualifying base ranking between #16 and #20 (6+, February 2016), triple A outlets tend to finish #15.83 (rock’s average is #9.60 and alternative is #13.02).

Using the same parameters as in those other overviews, facilities that appear in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, February 2016) constitute the following triple A scoreboards.

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

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February 2016 PPM Analysis: Rock

| March 24, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES Each month, we examine ratings performances of three formats possessing some degree of commonality.

Alternative was the focal point yesterday (Wednesday, 3/23) and our in-depth overview of February 2016 PPM results continues on the rock genre as today we address “mainstream rock,” “active rock,” “album oriented rock” (many years ago), or simply – “rock.”

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

The following rock scoreboards are comprised of facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, February 2016).

With an average 6+-share exactly one full-point higher than its alternative counterparts (4.07 – 3.06, 6+), qualifying rock stations on our panel tend to rank ninth or tenth (#9.60), versus #13.02 for alternative.

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February 2016 PPM Analysis: Alternative

| March 23, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES Three formats possessing some degree of a “rock” foundation are included in our thorough overview of February 2016 PPM results.

Getting us started is alternative – occasionally referred to as “modern rock” or “new rock.”

Waiting in the wings are detailed summaries of mainstream rock (tomorrow, Thursday 3/24) and triple A (Friday, 3/25).

Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, February 2016) comprise the following alternative scoreboards.

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

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2016 Infinite Dial

| March 11, 2016

Smartphones drive ‘mainstreaming + mass-adoption of’ Internet audio; in-home AM/FM has ‘hardware concerns.’

RadioInfo’s analysis of Edison Research/Triton Digital “Infinite Dial 2016” study

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterBLOCK ISLAND, RI — Issued perennially since 1998, it’s “the longest-running survey of digital media consumer behavior,” tracking mobile, Internet radio, podcasting, and social media.

Edison VP/strategy & marketing Tom Webster and Triton president/market development John Rosso walked a well-attended webinar though a slide deck which you can download – free and in its entirety – here.  And if you work in AM/FM radio, you should.

In January and February, they surveyed 2,001 Persons 12+, “as representative of the USA population as possible.”  Grab the arm rest:

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