Industry News

Round Three of May PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s May 2024 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. The survey covered April 25 through May 22. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, although Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM dipped six-tenths to a 5.8 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share), it remains ranked #2, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KEX-AM rises one-tenth to a 1.7 share stays in the #20 rank. In San Antonio, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOAI-AM is steady with a 2.8 share but falls back to the #13 rank, while Alpha Media’s news/talk KTSA slides back two-tenths to a 1.9 share good for the #19 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville’s news/talk KSL-AM/FM loses 3.2 shares to finish with a 4.9 share and regresses to the #4 rank, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KNRS-AM/FM adds half a share for a 3.1 share finish that lifts it to the #14 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Ratings Takeaways

May 2024 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imMay 2024 PPM Data – Information for Nielsen Audio’s May 2024 ratings period (April 25 – May 22) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

No share or rank thresholds are required to be included here.

MLB team names of spoken-word flagships are bolded.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are April 2024 – May 2024 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 6.4 – 5.8, #2 – #2

KEX 1.6 – 1.7, #20 – #20

KUFO .7 – .7, #23 – #24

KPAM .3 – .3, #30 – #31

News

None

Sports Talk

KXTG 1.5 – 1.2, #21 – #21

KFXX 1.4 – 1.0, #22 – #22

KPOJ .6 – .4, #27 – #26

KMTT .2 – .2, #34 – #33

KFXX Stream  DNA – .1, DNA – #36

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 5.1 – 5.0, #4 – #5

KOPB Stream  .7 – 1.0, #23 – #22

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM/FM 4.2– 4.7, #8 – #7

News

WRFX-HD2 DNA – .1, DNA – #23

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 3.3 – 3.7, #13 – #10

WSOC-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 4.4 – 3.4, #6 – #12

WNSC .8 – .7, #20 – #21

WFAE-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 2.8– 2.8, #12 – #13

KTSA 2.1 – 1.9, #17 – #19

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM 1.2 – 1.4, #24 – #21

KTKR .6 – .5, #29 – #29

KZDC .5 – .4, #31 – #31

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 2.2 – 2.1, #15 – #17 

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk

KFBK 6.2 – 8.0 #3 – #2

KSTE-AM 1.9 – 2.5, #19 – #15

KSAC-AM .8 – 1.0, #23 – #21

News

None

Sports Talk

KIFM 1.0 – 1.0, #22 – #21

KHTK 1.8 – .9, #20 – #23

KIFM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA 

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 2.8 – 3.6, #14 – #10

KQEI .3 – .2, #28 – #28

KQED .1 – .1, #30 – #30

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Note: News/talk KFBK’s +1.8 (6.2 – 8.0) represents the largest (6+) April 2024 – May 2024 increase by any station in these 12 PPM-markets.

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 4.3 – 4.6, #9 – #9

KDKA-AM Stream  .2 – .3, #21 – #18

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM (Pirates) 8.0 – 7.8, #2 – #3

KDKA-FM Stream (Pirates).4 – .3, #20 – #18

WBGG DNA – .1, DNA – #20

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 5.4 – 4.7, #7 – #8

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM/FM 8.1 – 4.9, #2 – #4

KNRS-AM/FM 2.6 – 3.1, #15 – #14

KKAT .1 – .1, #29 – #27

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL 1.0 – 1.2, #23 – #22

KZNS-FM .4 – .7, #26 – #25

KZNS-AM .6 – .3, #24 – #26

KZNS-AM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KZNS-FM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KOVO DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 3.2 – 3.6, #14 – #12

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .3 – .1, #27 – #27

KUMT .3 – .1, #27 – #27    

Note: News/talk KSL’s -3.2 (8.1 – 4.9) represents the largest (6+) April 2024 – May 2024 decrease by any station in the 36 PPM-markets analyzed thus far. 

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 1.6– 1.7, #23 – #22

KXNT .2 – .2, #34 – #33

KMZQ .1 – .1, #35 – #37

KXNT Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KWWN .6 – .5, #28 – #28

KKGK .6 – .3, #28 – #29

KENO .1 – .1, #35 – #37

KRLV .1 – .1, #35 – #37

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 1.9 – 1.5, #20 – #24

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WTKS 6.5 – 5.1, #4 – #7

WDBO 3.9 – 3.7, #10 – #10

WFLF .6 – .8, #19 – #19

WFYY .5 – .5, #21 – #21

WFYY-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM .9 – 1.0, #17 – #17

WOCL-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFV 1.9 – 1.8, #15 – #16

WMFE DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA  

Note: News/talk WTKS’ -1.4 (6.5 – 5.1) is Orlando’s largest (6+) April 2024 – May 2024 decrease.

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 13.3 – 11.8, following back-to-back months at #1, slips to #2 (Reds)

WKRC 6.0 – 6.1, #5 – #5

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY .7 – .8, #19 – #19

WSAI .7 – .4, #19 – #21

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.3 – 3.2, #10 – #10

Note: News/talk WLW’s -1.5 (13.3 – 11.8) is Cincinnati’s largest (6+) April 2024 – May 2024 decrease.

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 7.4 – 7.4, #4 – #5 (Guardians)

News

WMMS-HD2 .1 – .1, #23 – #23

Sports Talk

WKRK 4.2 – 4.8, #10 – #10

WKRK Stream .6 – 1.0, #20 – #19

WARF .1 – .1, #23 – #23

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 6.5 – 5.5, #7 – #7

WKSU-HD4 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 5.6 – 5.4, #4 – #4

KCMO-AM 1.5 – 1.5, #18 – #17

KMBZ-AM 1.3 – 1.3, #19 – #18

KMBZ-FM Stream .9 – 1.3, #22 – #18

KCMO-AM Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 3.4 – 3.3, #10 – #11 (Royals)

KCSP Stream  .6 – 1.1, #26 – #21 (Royals)

KWOD DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 2.2 – 2.3, #15 – #15

KANU-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 5.2 – 5.5, #7 – #6    

News

WYTS DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 7.6 – 7.8, #2 – #2

WBNS-AM .6 – .4, #20 #21

WMNI .1 – .1, #22 – #23

WBNS-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 6.1 – 5.4, #5 – #7

Note: Public radio news/talk WOSU’s -.7 (6.1 – 5.4) is Columbus’ largest (6+) April 2024 – May 2024 decrease.

Up next: May 2024 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Ratings Takeaways

April 2024 MLB Flagship Scoreboard

imGenerally speaking, Major League Baseball radio flagships enjoyed a solid first at bat in Nielsen Audio’s 2024 rating season (March 28 – April 24).

To put things in perspective, the baseball year officially started March 20 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres played two games in South Korea; the other 28 teams played their first game March 28.

Listed below are each MLB team’s main flagship.

Only one station per team appears – there are no simulcast partners and/or internet streams.

In addition, flagships of the Yankees and Mets are listed only in New York (not Long Island and Middlesex), while key stations of the Giants and A’s appear in San Francisco (not San Jose).

There was a (6+) March 2024 – April 2024 uptick in approximately four of every five applicable flagship cases (81%); 15% dipped; and 4% were flat.

Representative March 2024 – April 2024 (6+) gains were +0.92, while typical declines were -0.27.

Heftiest increases (+2.0 each) were logged by news/talk WLW, Cincinnati (Reds) and news/talk WTAM, Cleveland (Guardians).

Flagships of the Angels (KESN); White Sox (WMVP); and Brewers (WTMJ) did not appear (DNA) in the March 2024 or April 2024 survey periods.

News/talk WLW, Cincinnati (Reds) 11.3 – 13.3, +2.0, #1 #1

News/talk WTAM, Cleveland (Guardians) 5.4 – 7.4, +2.0, #9 – #4

Sports talk WXYT-FM, Detroit (Tigers) 7.5 – 9.2, +1.7, #2 – #1

Sports talk KCSP, Kansas City (Royals) 1.8 – 3.4, +1.6, #17 – #10

News/talk KMOX, St. Louis (Cardinals) 3.0 – 4.5, +1.5, #14 – #10

Sports talk WCNN, Atlanta (Braves), 2.5 – 3.8, +1.3, #17 – #10

Sports talk WIP, Philadelphia (Phillies), 5.5 – 6.7, +1.2, #6 – #4

Sports talk KIRO-AM, Seattle (Mariners) 2.7 – 3.8, +1.1, #17 – #10

Sports talk KNBR, San Francisco (Giants), 3.0 – 3.9, +.9, #10 – #6

Sports talk WEEI-FM, Boston (Red Sox), 3.0 – 3.9, +.9, #13 – #10

Sports talk KLAC, Los Angeles (Dodgers), .8 – 1.6, +.8, #32 – #27

Sports talk KRLD-FM, Dallas (Texas Rangers), 1.7 – 2.3, +.6, #24 – #20

Sports talk KBME, Houston (Astros), .5 – 1.1, +.6, #27 – #23

Sports talk KWFN, San Diego (Padres) 3.4 – 4.0, +.6, #14 – #10

News/talk KOA, Denver (Colorado Rockies) 2.4 – 3.0, +.6, #17 – #15

Sports talk WFAN FM & AM, New York (Yankees), 1.9 – 2.3, +.4, #15 -#13

Sports talk WSCR, Chicago (Cubs), 2.9 – 3.3, +.4, #11 – #10

Sports talk WDAE, Tampa (Rays) 1.9 – 2.3, +.4, #17 – #16

Sports talk KMVP-FM, Phoenix (Arizona Diamondbacks) 2.6 – 2.9, +.3, #14 – #10

News/talk WCCO, Minneapolis (Minnesota Twins) 4.1 – 4.4, +.3, #11 – #10

Sports talk WJFK-FM, Washington, DC (Nationals), 2.4 – 2.5, +.1, #17 – #17

Business News KNEW, San Francisco (Oakland A’s), .3 – .3, Flat, #30 – #30

Sports talk WINZ, Miami (Marlins) .4 – .3, -.1, #31 – #31

News WCBS-AM, New York (Mets), 2.0 – 1.8, -.2, #14 – #19

News/talk WBAL, Baltimore (Orioles) 3.7 – 3.3, -.4, #10 – #10

Sports talk KDKA-FM, Pittsburgh (Pirates) 8.4 – 8.0, -.4, #2 – #2

Sports talk KESN, Los Angeles (Angels), DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports talk WMVP, Chicago (White Sox), DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News talk WTMJ, Milwaukee (Brewers), DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports talk CJCL, Toronto (Blue Jays), Canadian, Not Applicable

Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Industry News

Round Three of April PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s April 2024 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. The survey covered March 28 through April 24. Today, TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM sheds one-tenth for a 6.4 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) but remains ranked #2 in the market, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KEX-AM dips two-tenths to a 1.6 share good for the #20 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville’s news/talk KSL-AM/FM shoots up 1.4 shares for an 8.1 share finish and remaining ranked #2, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KNRS-AM/FM is steady with a 2.6 share but climbs two spots to the #15 rank. In Kansas City, Audacy’s news/talk KMBZ-FM adds three-tenths to finish with a 5.6 share keeping it ranked #4, while Cumulus Media’s news/talk KCMO-AM falls half a share to wrap the survey with a 1.5 share, pulling it down to the #18 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Ratings Takeaways

April 2024 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imApril 2024 PPM Data – Information for the April 2024 ratings period (March 28 – April 24) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

The only requirement for a spoken-word station to be included here is that they be a Nielsen Audiosubscriber – there are no share or rank thresholds.

MLB; NBA; and NHL team names of corresponding spoken-word flagship(s) are bolded.

For context, MLB’s 2024 season officially started March 20 when the Dodgers and Padres played two games in South Korea; the other 28 teams played their first game March 28.

NBA and NHL playoffs began April 20.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are March 2024 – April 2024 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 6.5 – 6.4, #2 – #2

KEX 1.8 – 1.6, #20 – #20

KUFO .8 – .7, #23 – #23

KPAM .2 – .3, #32 – #30

News

None

Sports Talk

KXTG 1.5 – 1.5, #21 – #21

KFXX 1.5 – 1.4, #21 – #22

KPOJ .5 – .6, #26 – #27 (Trailblazers)

KMTT .2 – .2, #32 – #34

KFXX Stream  .1 – DNA, #36 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 5.8 – 5.1, #3 – #4

KOPB Stream  .7 – .7, #25 – #23

Note: Public radio news/talk KOPB’s -.7 (5.8 – 5.1) is Portland’s largest (6+) March 2024 – April 2024 decrease.

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM/FM 4.0– 4.2, #8 – #8

News

WRFX-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 3.9 – 3.3, #9 – #13 (Hornets)

WSOC-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 4.4 – 4.4, #6 – #6

WNSC .8 – .8, #20 – #20

WFAE-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA  

Note: Sports talk WFNZ’s -.6 (3.9 – 3.3) is tied for Charlotte’s largest (6+) March 2024 – April 2024 decrease.

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 2.6– 2.8, #14 – #12 (Spurs)

KTSA 1.9 – 2.1, #17 – #17

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM .8 – 1.2, #24 – #24

KTKR .5 – .6, #29 – #29

KZDC .4 – .5, #32 – #31

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 2.7 – 2.2, #13 – #15 

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk

KFBK-AM 6.5 – 6.2 #4 – #3

KSTE-AM 2.5 – 1.9, #16 – #19

KSAC-AM .8 – .8, #23 – #23

News

None

Sports Talk

KHTK 1.7 – 1.8, #18 – #20 (Kings)

KIFM .9 – 1.0, #21 – #22

KIFM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA 

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 2.8 – 2.8, #13 – #14

KQEI .3 – .3, #22 – #28

KQED .1 – .1, #29 – #30

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 3.8 – 4.3, #10 – #9

KDKA-AM Stream  .2 – .2, #25 – #21

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM (Pirates) 8.4 – 8.0, #2 – #2

KDKA-FM Stream (Pirates).4 – .4, #21 – #20

WBGG .1 – DNA, #26 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 5.2 – 5.4, #8 – #7

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM/FM 6.7 – 8.1, #2 – #2

KNRS-AM/FM 2.6 – 2.6, #17 – #15

KKAT DNA – .1, DNA – #29

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL .9 – 1.0, #23 – #23

KZNS-AM .3 – .6, #26 – #24 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM .5 – .4, #24 – #26 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KOVO DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 3.4 – 3.2, #13 – #14

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .1 – .3, #27 – #27

KUMT .1 – .3, #27 – #27    

Note: News/talk KSL’s +1.4 (6.7 – 8.1) represents Salt Lake City’s largest (6+) March 2024 – April 2024 increase. 

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 1.1– 1.6, #26 – #23

KXNT .5 – .2, #30 – #34

KMZQ .1 – .1, #37 – #35

KXNT Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KKGK .6 – .6, #28 – #28 (Golden Knights)

KWWN . 4 – .6, #32 – #28

KENO .1 – .1, #37 – #35

KRLV .2 – .1, #33 – #35

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 1.7 – 1.9, #22 – #20

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WTKS 5.9 – 6.5, #5 – #4

WDBO 3.5 – 3.9, #12 – #10

WFLF .7 – .6, #19 – #19

WFYY .7 – .5, #19 – #21

WFYY-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM .8 – .9, #18 – #17 (Magic)

WOCL-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFV DNA – 1.9, DNA – #15

WMFE 1.7 – DNA, #15 – DNA

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 11.3 – 13.3, #1 #1 (Reds)

WKRC 6.0 – 6.0, #5 – #5

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY 1.0 – .7, #19 – #19

WSAI .6 – .7, #21 – #19

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.2 – 3.3, #10 – #10   

Note: News/talk WLW’s +2.0 (11.3 – 13.3) represents a tie for the largest (6+) March 2024 – April 2024 increase by any station in these 12 PPM-markets.

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 5.4 – 7.4, #9 – #4 (Guardians, Cavaliers)

News

WMMS-HD2 .1 – .1, #23 – #23

Sports Talk

WKRK 4.3 – 4.2, #10 – #10

WKRK Stream .4 – .6, #21 – #20

WARF .2 – .1, #22 – #23

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 7.2 – 6.5, #5 – #7

WKSU-HD4 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Note: News/talk WTAM’s +2.0 (5.4 – 7.4) represents a tie for the largest (6+) March 2024 – April 2024 increase by any station in these 12 PPM-markets.

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 5.3 – 5.6, #4 – #4

KCMO-AM 2.0 – 1.5, #16 – #18

KMBZ-AM 1.4 – 1.3, #18 – #19

KMBZ-FM Stream 1.0 – .9, #22 – #22

KCMO-AM Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 1.8 – 3.4, #17 – #10 (Royals)

KCSP Stream  .1 – .6, #29 – #26 (Royals)

KWOD .1 – DNA, #29 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 2.9 – 2.2, #12 – #15

KANU-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA 

Notes: While sports/talk KCSP’s +1.6 (1.8 – 3.4) represents Kansas City’s greatest (6+) March 2024 – April 2024 increase, public radio news talk KCUR is -.7 (2.9 – 2.2) and in a three-way tie for the market’s largest (6+) March 2024 – April 2024 decrease.

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 5.2 – 5.2, #8 – #7    

News

WYTS DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 8.6 – 7.6, #2 – #2 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-AM .4 – .6, #20 #20 (Blue Jackets)

WMNI .3 – .1, #22 – #22

WBNS-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 5.9 – 6.1, #6 – #5

Up next: April 2024 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Ratings Takeaways

March 2024 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imMarch 2024 PPM Data – Information for the March 2024 ratings period (February 29 – March 27) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

The only requirement for a spoken-word station to be included here is that they be a Nielsen Audiosubscriber – there are no share or rank thresholds.

NBA and NHL team names of corresponding spoken-word flagship(s) are bolded.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are February 2024 – March 2024 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 6.9 – 6.5, #2 – #2

KEX 1.5 – 1.8, #21 – #20

KUFO .8 – .8, #24 – #23

KPAM .1 – .2, #34 – #32

News

None

Sports Talk

KFXX 1.6 – 1.5, #20 – #21

KXTG 1.2 – 1.5, #22 – #21

KPOJ .6 – .5, #26 – #26 (Trailblazers)

KMTT .1 – .2, #34 – #32

KFXX Stream  DNA – .1, DNA – #36

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 5.1 – 5.8, #4 – #3

KOPB Stream  1.0 – .7, #23 – #25

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM/FM 4.6– 4.0, #8 – #8

News

WRFX-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 3.4 – 3.9, #14 – #9 (Hornets)

WSOC-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 4.9 – 4.4, #6 – #6

WNSC .8 – .8, #18 – #20

WFAE-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 2.7– 2.6, #14 – #14 (Spurs)

KTSA 2.3 – 1.9, #16 – #17

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM .9 – .8, #25 – #24

KTKR .5 – .5, #30 – #29

KZDC .3 – .4, #33 – #32

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 2.3 – 2.7, #16 – #13

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk

KFBK-AM 7.3 – 6.5 #3 – #4

KSTE-AM 2.9 – 2.5, #12 – #16

News

None

Sports Talk

KHTK 1.4 – 1.7, #18 – #18 (Kings)

KIFM .9 – .9, #23 – #21

KIFM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 2.8 – 2.8, #13 – #13

KQEI .3 – .3, #27 – #22

KQED .1 – .1, #29 – #29

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 4.5 – 3.8, #9 – #10

KDKA-AM Stream  .3 – .2, #23 – #25

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM 7.6 – 8.4, #3 – #2

KDKA-FM Stream  .6 – .4, #19 – #21

WBGG DNA – .1, DNA – #26

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 5.2 – 5.2, #8 – #8

Note: Sports/talk KDKA-FM’s +.8 (7.6 – 8.4) represents Pittsburgh’s largest (6+) February 2024 – March 2024 increase.

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM/FM 6.4 – 6.7, #3 – #2

KNRS-AM/FM 3.1 – 2.6, #13 – #17

KKAT DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL .8 – .9, #23 – #23

KZNS-FM .7 – .5, #24 – #24 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM .1 – .3, #28 – #26 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM Stream  .1 – DNA, #28 – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KOVO DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 2.8 – 3.4, #15 – #13

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .3 – .1, #27 – #27

KUMT DNA – .1, DNA – #27

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 .9 – 1.1, #26 – #26

KXNT .6 – .5, #29 – #30

KMZQ DNA – .1, DNA – #37

KXNT Stream .1 – DNA, #36 – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KKGK .3 – .6, #32 – #28 (Golden Knights)

KWWN .6 – .4, #29 – #32

KRLV .2 – .2, #34 – #33

KENO DNA – .1, DNA – #37

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 1.6 – 1.7, #22 – #22

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WTKS 5.0 – 5.9, #7 – #5

WDBO 3.1 – 3.5, #13 – #12

WFLF .8 – .7, #19 – #19

WFYY-HD3 .3 – DNA, #24 – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM .8 – .8, #19 – #18 (Magic)

WOCL-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFE 2.4 – 1.7, #14 – #15

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 10.2 – 11.3, #2 – #1

WKRC 6.1 – 6.0, #5 – #5

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY 1.1 – 1.0, #19 – #19

WSAI .6 – .6, #21 – #21

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.1 – 3.2, #10 – #10

Note: In addition to advancing to #1, news/talk WLW’s +1.1 (10.2 – 11.3) represents Cincinnati’s largest (6+) February 2024 – March 2024 increase.

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 5.8 – 5.4, #9 – #9 (Cavaliers)

News

WMMS-HD2 DNA – .1, DNA – #23

Sports Talk

WKRK 3.7 – 4.3, #11 – #10

WKRK Stream .4 – .4, #21 – #21

WARF .2 – .2, #22 – #22

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 6.4 – 7.2, #6 – #5

WKSU-HD4 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 4.4 – 5.3, #6 – #4

KCMO-AM 2.3 – 2.0, #14 – #16

KMBZ-AM 1.8 – 1.4, #17 – #18

KMBZ-FM Stream .8 – 1.0, #22 – #22

KCMO-AM Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 3.0 – 1.8, #12 – #17

KCSP Stream  .3 – .1, #25 – #29

KWOD .1 – .1, #28 – #29

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 2.9 – 2.9, #13 – #12

KANU-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Notes: News/talk KMBZ-FM’s +.9 (4.4 – 5.3) represents Kansas City’s biggest (6+) February 2024 – March 2024 increase.

Conversely, sports/talk KCSP’s -1.2 (3.0 – 1.8) is the market’s largest (6+) February 2024 – March 2024 decrease.

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 5.3 – 5.2, #7 – #8

News

WYTS DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 7.2 – 8.6, #2 – #2 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-AM .3 – .4, #21 #20 (Blue Jackets)

WMNI .1 – .3, #22 – #22

WBNS-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 5.6 – 5.9, #6 – #6

Note: Sports/talk WBNS-FM’s +1.4 (7.2 – 8.6) represents Columbus’ largest (6+) February 2024 – March 2024 increase.

Up next: March 2024 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Industry News

Round Three of February PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s February 2024 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. The survey period covered February 1 – 28. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM slips one-tenth to finish with a 6.9 share (6+, weekly AHQ share) but remains ranked #2 in the market, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KEX-AM adds three-tenths for a 1.5 share finish good for the #21 rank. In San Antonio, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOAI sheds three-tenths to finish with a 2.7 share and falls one spot to the #14 rank, while Alpha Media’s news/talk KTSA is steady at a 2.3 share but rises two spots to the #16 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville’s news/talk KSL-AM/FM rises nine-tenths for a 6.4 share finish but remains ranked #2, while iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM/FM dips four-tenths to a 3.1 share but stays put at the #13 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Ratings Takeaways

February 2024 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imFebruary 2024 PPM Data – Information for the February 2024 ratings period (February 1 – February 28) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

The only requirement for a spoken-word station to be included here is that they be a Nielsen Audio subscriber – there are no share or rank thresholds.

NBA and NHL team names of corresponding spoken-word flagship(s) are bolded.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are January 2024 – February 2024 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 7.0 – 6.9, #2 – #2

KEX 1.2 – 1.5, #22 – #21

KUFO .5 – .8, #26 – #24

KPAM .1 – .1, #32 – #34

News

None

Sports Talk

KFXX 1.6 – 1.6, #19 – #20

KXTG 1.9 – 1.2, #18 – #22

KPOJ .6 – .6, #25 – #26 (Trailblazers)

KMTT .1 – .1, #32 – #34

KFXX Stream  .1 – DNA, #32 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 6.0 – 5.1, #4 – #4

KOPB Stream  1.2 – 1.0, #22 – #23

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM 4.3– 4.6, #10 – #8

News

WRFX-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 3.3 – 3.4, #13 – #14 (Hornets)

WSOC-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 5.7 – 4.9, #5 – #6

WNSC 1.2 – .8, #18 – #18

WFAE-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 3.0– 2.7, #13 – #14 (Spurs)

KTSA 2.3 – 2.3, #18 – #16

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM 1.5 – .9, #21 – #25

KTKR .8 – .5, #26 – #30

KZDC .3 – .3, #35 – #33

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 2.9 – 2.3, #14 – #16 

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk

KFBK-AM 7.6 – 7.3 #3 – #3

KSTE-AM 3.5 – 2.9, #9 – #12

News

None

Sports Talk

KHTK 1.9 – 1.4, #18 – #18 (Kings)

KIFM .9 – .9, #25 – #23

KIFM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA 

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 2.8 – 2.8, #14 – #13

KQEI .3 – .3, #28 – #27

KQED .3 – .1, #28 – #29

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 4.3 – 4.5, #9 – #9

KDKA-AM Stream  .4 – .3, #21 – #23

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM 8.3 – 7.6, #3 – #3

KDKA-FM Stream  .4 – .6, #21 – #19

WBGG DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 5.5 – 5.2, #6 – #8

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM 5.5 – 6.4, #3 – #3

KNRS-FM 3.5 – 3.1, #13 – #13

KKAT DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL .8 – .8, #24 – #23

KZNS-FM .7 – .7, #25 – #24 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM .4 – .1, #27 – #28 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM Stream  .1 – .1, #28 – #28 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KOVO DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 3.6 – 2.8, #11 – #15

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .1 – .3, #28 – #27

KUMT DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA    

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 .8 – .9, #28 – #26

KXNT .3 – .6, #32 – #29

KXNT Stream .1 – .1, #35 – #36

KMZQ .1 – DNA, #35 – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KWWN .9 – .6, #26 – #29

KKGK .5 – .3, #29 – #32 (Golden Knights)

KRLV .3 – .2, #32 – #34

KENO .1 – DNA, #35 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 1.4 – 1.6, #24 – #22

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WTKS 4.3 – 5.0, #10 – #7

WDBO 3.5 – 3.1, #13 – #13

WFLF .6 – .8, #21 – #19

WFYY-HD3 DNA – .3, DNA – #24

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM 1.0 – .8, #19 – #19 (Magic)

WOCL-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFE 3.4 – 2.4, #14 – #14

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 12.1 – 10.2, #1 – #2

WKRC 6.1 – 6.1, #5 – #5

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY 1.5 – 1.1, #18 – #19

WSAI .7 – .6, #21 – #21

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.8 – 3.1, #8 – #10   

Note: News/talk WLW’s -1.9 (12.1 – 10.2) represents Cincinnati’s largest (6+) January 2024 – February 2024 decrease.

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 5.6 – 5.8, #10 – #9 (Cavaliers)

News

WMMS-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WKRK 5.9 – 3.7, #8 – #11

WKRK Stream .9 – .4, #19 – #21

WARF .2 – .2, #22 – #22

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 6.1 – 6.4, #7 – #6

WKSU-HD4 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA   

Note: Sports/talk WKRK’s -2.2 (5.9 – 3.7) is the largest (6+) January 2024 – February 2024 decrease by any station in these 12 PPM-markets.

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 5.0 – 4.4, #4 – #6

KCMO-AM 2.2 – 2.3, #15 – #14

KMBZ-AM 1.7 – 1.8, #17 – #17

KMBZ-FM Stream 1.0 – .8, #21 – #22

KCMO-AM Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 3.1 – 3.0, #14 – #12

KCSP Stream  .2 – .3, #27 – #25

KWOD .1 – .1, #29 – #28

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 3.2 – 2.9, #12 – #13

KANU-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 5.2 – 5.3, #7 – #7    

News

WYTS DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 7.8 – 7.2, #2 – #2 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-AM .3 – .3, #21 #21 (Blue Jackets)

WMNI .1 – .1, #22 – #22

WBNS-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 4.7 – 5.6, #8 – #6

Up next: February 2024 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Reach Mike Kinosian at: Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Industry News

Round Three of January PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s January 2024 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. The survey covered January 4 – 31. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM shoots up 2.1 shares for a 7.0 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) finish and rises to the #2 rank in the market, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KEX-AM adds one-tenth to finish with a 1.2 share good for the #22 rank. In San Antonio, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOAI adds six-tenths to wrap the survey with a 3.0 share good for the #13 rank, while Alpha Media’s news/talk KTSA tacks on half a share for a 2.3 share finish that lifts it to the #18 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville’s news/talk KSL-AM/FM rises 1.9 shares to finish with a 5.5 share and climbs to the #3 rank, while, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KNRS-AM/FM adds 1.3 shares for a 3.5 share finish good for the #13 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Ratings Takeaways

January 2024 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imJanuary 2024 PPM Data – Information for the January 2024 ratings period (January 4 – January 31) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

The only requirement for a spoken-word station to be included here is that they be a Nielsen Audio subscriber – there are no share or rank thresholds.

NBA and NHL team names of corresponding spoken-word flagship(s) are bolded.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are “Holiday” 2023 – January 2024 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 4.9 – 7.0, #6 – #2

KEX 1.1 – 1.2, #21 – #22

KUFO .5 – .5, #25 – #26

KPAM .1 – .1, #34 – #32

News

None

Sports Talk

KXTG 1.1 – 1.9, #21 – #18

KFXX 1.7 – 1.6, #20 – #19

KPOJ .7 – .6, #24 – #25 (Trailblazers)

KFXX Stream  .1 – .1, #34 – #32

KMTT .2 – .1, #31 – #32

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 5.5 – 6.0, #3 – #4

KOPB Stream  .9 – 1.2, #21 – #22

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM/FM 4.0– 4.3, #9 – #10

News

WRFX-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 2.5 – 3.3, #15 – #13 (Hornets)

WSOC-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 3.5 – 5.7, #11 – #5

WNSC 1.4 – 1.2, #18 – #18

WFAE-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA  

Note: Public radio news/talk WFAE’s +2.2 (3.5 – 5.7) represents Charlotte’s largest (6+) “Holiday” 2023 – January 2024 increase.

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 2.4– 3.0, #15 – #13 (Spurs)

KTSA 1.8 – 2.3, #19 – #18

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM 1.1 – 1.5, #23 – #21

KTKR .7 – .8, #25 – #26

KZDC .2 – .3, #32 – #35

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 2.3 – 2.9, #17 – #14 

SACRAMENTO

 News/Talk

KFBK-AM 6.1 – 7.6 #3 – #3

KSTE-AM 2.1 – 3.5, #16 – #9

News

None

Sports Talk

KHTK 1.6 – 1.9, #19 – #18 (Kings)

KIFM .9 – .9, #21 – #25

KIFM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA 

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 2.4 – 2.8, #15 – #14

KQED .3 – .3, #28 – #28

KQEI .1 – .3, #30 – #28

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 3.6 – 4.3, #8 – #9

KDKA-AM Stream  .4 – .4, #22 – #21

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM 7.2 – 8.3, #4 – #3

KDKA-FM Stream  .1 – .4, #27 – #21

WBGG DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 3.9 – 5.5, #7 – #6

Notes: Public radio news/talk WESA’s +1.6 (3.9 – 5.5) represents a tie for Pittsburgh’s largest (6+)“Holiday” 2023 – January 2024 increase.

Alternative WXDX is the Penguins’ flagship.

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM/FM 3.6 – 5.5, #9 – #3

KNRS-AM/FM 2.2 – 3.5, #17 – #13

KKAT DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL 1.1 – .8, #22 – #24

KZNS-FM .6 – .7, #25 – #25 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM .2 – .4, #27 – #27 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM Stream  .1 – .1, #30 – #28 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KOVO DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 2.2 – 3.6, #18 – #11

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .2 – .1, #27 – #28

KUMT .1 – DNA, #30 – DNA    

Note: News/talk KSL’s +1.9 (3.6 – 5.5) represents Salt Lake City’s largest (6+) “Holiday” 2023 – January 2024 increase. 

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 .6 – .8, #28 – #28

KXNT .3 – .3, #31 – #32

KXNT Stream DNA – .1, DNA – #35

KMZQ DNA – .1, DNA – #35

News

None

Sports Talk

KWWN .8 – .9, #27 – #26

KKGK .3 – .5, #31 – #29 (Golden Knights)

KRLV .2 – .3, #33 – #32

KENO .1 – .1, #36 – #35

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 1.5 – 1.4, #21 – #24

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WTKS 3.1 – 4.3, #12 – #10

WDBO 3.1 – 3.5, #12 – #13

WFLF .6 – .6, #20 – #21

WFYY-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM .9 – 1.0, #19 – #19 (Magic)

WOCL-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFE 2.7 – 3.4, #14 – #14

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 10.8 – 12.1, #2 – #1

WKRC 4.5 – 6.1, #6 – #5

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY 1.2 – 1.5, #18 – #18

WSAI .5 – .7, #21 – #21

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.2 – 3.8, #10 – #8

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 4.8 – 5.6, #8 – #10 (Cavaliers)

News

WMMS-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WKRK 6.5 – 5.9, #6 – #8

WKRK Stream .8 – .9, #20 – #19

WARF .1 – .2, #23 – #22

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 4.1 – 6.1, #10 – #7

WKSU-HD4 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 4.1 – 5.0, #7 – #4

KCMO-AM 1.8 – 2.2, #17 – #15

KMBZ-AM 1.4 – 1.7, #19 – #17

KMBZ-FM Stream .5 – 1.0, #23 – #21

KCMO-AM Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 2.1 – 3.1, #15 – #14

KCSP Stream  .2 – .2, #28 – #27

KWOD DNA – .1, DNA – #29

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 2.4 – 3.2, #13 – #12

KANU-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Note: Country WDAF (6.2 – 8.3, #2, 6+) is the flagship of the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 4.5 – 5.2, #7 – #7    

News

WYTS DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 6.9 – 7.8, #4 – #2 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-AM .3 – .3, #21 #21 (Blue Jackets)

WMNI .1 – .1, #23 – #22

WBNS-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 3.6 – 4.7, #9 – #8

Up next: January 2024 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford. 

Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Industry News

Round Three of Holiday 2023 PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2023 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. The survey period covered December 7, 2023, through January 3, 2024. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM falls a full share to a 4.9 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) dropping from the #3 rank to #6, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KEX-AM loses one-tenth to finish with a 1.1 share good for the #21 rank. In San Antonio, iHeartMedia news/talk WOAI dips three-tenths to a 2.4 share good for the #15 rank, while Alpha Media’s news/talk KTSA sheds two-tenths to finish with a 1.8 share and is steady at the #19 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville’s news/talk KSL-AM/FM declines 2.8 share for a 3.6 share finish that leaves it ranked #9, while iHeartMedia news/talk KNRS-AM/FM dips six-tenths to a 2.2 share good for the #17 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Ratings Takeaways

Holiday 2023 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imHoliday 2023 PPM Data – Information for the Holiday 2023 ratings period (December 7, 2023 – January 3, 2024) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

The only requirement for a spoken-word station to be included here is that they be a Nielsen Audio subscriber – there are no share or rank thresholds.

NFL; NBA; and NHL team names of corresponding spoken-word flagship(s) are bolded.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are December 2023 – “Holiday” 2023 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 5.9 – 4.9, #3 – #6

KEX 1.2 – 1.1, #22 – #21

KUFO .6 – .5, #26 – #25

KPAM .1 – .1, #33 – #34

News

None

Sports Talk

KFXX 2.0 – 1.7, #20 – #20

KXTG 1.2 – 1.1, #22 – #21

KPOJ .7 – .7, #24 – #24 (Trailblazers)

KFXX Stream  .1 – .1, #33 – #34

KMTT .1 – .2, #33 – #31

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 6.1 – 5.5, #2 – #3

KOPB Stream  1.4 – 1.4, #21 – #21 

Note: News/talk KXL’s -1.0 (5.9 – 4.9) represents Portland’s largest (6+) December 2023 – “Holiday” 2023 decrease.

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM 4.2– 4.0, #11 – #9

News

WRFX-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 2.7 – 2.5, #13 – #15 (Hornets)

WSOC-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 5.0 – 3.5, #8 – #11

WNSC 1.3 – 1.4, #18 – #18

WFAE-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA  

Notes: Public radio news/talk WFAE’s -1.5 (5.0 – 3.5) represents Charlotte’s largest (6+) December 2023 – “Holiday” 2023 decrease.

The Carolina Panthers’ flagship is classic rock WRFX.

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 2.7– 2.4, #14 – #15 (Spurs)

KTSA 2.0 – 1.8, #19 – #19

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM 1.3 – 1.1, #22 – #23

KTKR .8 – .7, #27 – #25

KZDC .3 – .2, #30 – #32

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 2.3 – 2.3, #17 – #17 

SACRAMENTO

 News/Talk

KFBK-AM 6.6 – 6.1 #3 – #3

KSTE-AM 3.1 – 2.1, #12 – #16

News

None

Sports Talk

KHTK 1.7 – 1.6, #18 – #19 (Kings)

KIFM .9 – .9, #22 – #21

KIFM Stream  .1 – DNA, #29 – DNA 

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 2.3 – 2.4, #15 – #15

KQED .1 – .3, #29 – #28

KQEI .3 – .1, #28 – #30

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 3.8 – 3.6, #9 – #8

KDKA-AM Stream  .3 – .4, #24 – #22

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM 7.2 – 7.2, #5 – #4

KDKA-FM Stream  .2 – .1, #25 – #27

WBGG .1 – DNA, #27 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 4.2 – 3.9, #7 – #7

Flagships of the Steelers and Penguins are rock WDVE and alternative WXDX, respectively.

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM 5.4 – 3.6, #3 – #9

KNRS-FM 2.8 – 2.2, #14 – #17

KKAT .1 – DNA, #30 – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL 1.9 – 1.1, #20 – #22

KZNS-FM .5 – .6, #26 – #25 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM .7 – .2, #24 – #27 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM Stream  .1 – .1, #30 – #30 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KOVO DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 2.4 – 2.2, #18 – #17

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .2 – .2, #28 – #27

KUMT .1 – .1, #30 – #30    

Notes: Adult contemporary KSFI’s +6.3 (13.9 – 20.2) is the largest (6+) December 2023 – “Holiday” 2023 increase in these 12 PPM-markets. Moreover, KSFI is the first station to reach a 20-share (6+) in the first three rounds of “Holiday” 2023 PPM results.

Conversely, news/talk KSL’s -1.8 (5.4 – 3.6) represents Salt Lake City’s largest (6+) December 2023 – “Holiday” 2023 decrease. 

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 .3 – .6, #29 – #28

KXNT .2 – .3, #31 – #31

KMZQ DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KWWN .8 – .8, #26 – #27

KKGK .4 – .3, #28 – #31 (Golden Knights)

KRLV .2 – .2, #31 – #33 (Raiders)

KENO .2 – .2, #31 – #36

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 1.6 – 1.5, #21 – #21

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WDBO 3.2 – 3.1, #13 – #12

WTKS 3.6 – 3.1, #10 – #12

WFLF .7 – .6, #20 – #20

WFYY-HD3 .1 – DNA, #27 – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM .9 – .9, #18 – #19 (Magic)

WOCL-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFE 2.8 – 2.7, #14 – #14

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 11.2 – 10.8, after 23 consecutive months at #1, slips to #2 (Bengals)

WKRC 4.9 – 4.5, #6 – #6

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY 1.3 – 1.2, #19 – #18 (Bengals)

WSAI .5 – .5, #21 – #21

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.8 – 3.2, #9 – #10

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 4.8 – 4.8, #10 – #8 (Cavaliers)

News

WMMS-HD2 .1 – DNA, #24 – DNA

Sports Talk

WKRK 5.8 – 6.5, #7 – #6  (Browns)

WKRK Stream .7 – .8, #21 – #20 (Browns)

WARF .2 – .1, #23 – #23

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 5.2 – 4.1, #9 – #10

WKSU-HD4 .1 – DNA, #24 – DNA

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 5.3 – 4.1, #5 – #7

KCMO-AM 1.9 – 1.8, #17 – #17

KMBZ-AM 1.6 – 1.4, #18 – #19

KMBZ-FM Stream .7 – .5, #21 – #23

KCMO-AM Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 2.6 – 2.1, #15 – #15

KCSP Stream  .2 – .2, #25 – #28

KWOD .1 – DNA, #29 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 2.8 – 2.4, #13 – #13

KANU-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Note: Country WDAF is the flagship of the Chiefs.

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 6.0 – 4.5, #4 – #7    

News

WYTS DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 9.8 – 6.9, #2 – #4 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-AM .3 – .3, #21 #21 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

WMNI DNA – .1, DNA – #23

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 4.0 – 3.6, #9 – #9

Note: Sports talk WBNS-FM’s -2.9 (9.8 – 6.9) is the largest (6+) December 2023 – “Holiday” 2023 decrease by any station in the first three rounds of “Holiday” 2023 PPM results.

Up next: “Holiday” 2023 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Mike Kinosian can be reached at: Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Ratings Takeaways

December 2023 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

December 2023 PPM Data – Information for the December 2023 ratings period (November 9 – December 6) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

The only requirement for a spoken-word station to be included here is that they be a Nielsen Audio subscriber – there are no share or rank thresholds.

NFL; NBA; and NHL team names of corresponding spoken-word flagship(s) are bolded.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are November 2023 – December 2023 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 6.9 – 5.9, #2 – #3

KEX 1.6 – 1.2, #21 – #22

KUFO .8 – .6, #23 – #26

KPAM .1 – .1, #32 – #33

News

None

Sports Talk

KFXX 1.8 – 2.0, #20 – #20

KXTG 1.4 – 1.2, #23 – #22

KPOJ .7 – .7, #24 – #24 (Trailblazers)

KFXX Stream  .2 – .1, #28 – #33

KMTT .2 – .1, #28 – #33

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 6.4 – 6.1, #3 – #2

KOPB Stream  1.5 – 1.4, #22 – #21

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM 5.6 – 4.2, #5 – #11

News

WRFX-HD2 .1 – DNA, #25 – DNA

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 3.0 – 2.7, #14 – #13 (Hornets)

WSOC-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 5.4 – 5.0, #6 – #8

WNSC 1.0 – 1.3, #18 – #18

WFAE-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA  

Notes: News/talk WBT’s -1.4 (5.6 – 4.2) represents Charlotte’s largest (6+) November 2023 – December 2023 decrease.

The Carolina Panthers’ flagship is classic rock WRFX.

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 3.1– 2.7, #14 – #14 (Spurs)

KTSA 2.2 – 2.0, #17 – #19

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM 1.5 – 1.3, #22 – #22

KTKR .7 – .8, #27 – #27

KZDC .3 – .3, #33 – #30

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 2.4 – 2.3, #16 – #17 

SACRAMENTO

 News/Talk

KFBK-AM 7.3 – 6.6 #2 – #3

KSTE-AM 3.2 – 3.1, #11 – #12

News

None

Sports Talk

KHTK 1.4 – 1.7, #18 – #18 (Kings)

KIFM 1.1 – .9, #21 – #22

KIFM Stream  .1 – .1, #29 – #29 

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 2.4 – 2.3, #14 – #15

KQEI .2 – .3, #28 – #28

KQED .1 – .1, #29 – #29

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 4.0 – 3.8, #8 – #9

KDKA-AM Stream  .4 – .3, #22 – #24

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM 8.0 – 7.2, #3 – #5

KDKA-FM Stream  .1 – .2, #25 – #25

WBGG DNA – .1, DNA – #27

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 4.0 – 4.2, #8 – #7

Notes: Sports/talk KDKA-FM’s -.8 (8.0 – 7.2) represents Pittsburgh’s largest (6+) November 2023 – December 2023 decrease.

The flagships of the Steelers and Penguins are rock WDVE and alternative WXDX, respectively.

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM 6.1 – 5.4, #4 – #3

KNRS-FM 3.9 – 2.8, #9 – #14

KKAT .1 – .1, #31 – #30

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL 2.2 – 1.9, #20 – #20

KZNS-AM .7 – .7, #25 – #24 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM 1.0 – .5, #24 – #26 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM Stream  .1 – .1, #31 – #30 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM Stream  DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KOVO DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 2.7 – 2.4, #15 – #18

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .2 – .2, #29 – #28

KUMT .4 – .1, #28 – #30    

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 1.6 – .3, #23 – #29

KXNT .2 – .2, #34 – #31

KMZQ DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KWWN .9 – .8, #27 – #26

KKGK .5 – .4, #30 – #28 (Golden Knights)

KRLV .5 – .2, #30 – #31 (Raiders)

KENO .2 – .2, #34 – #31

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 2.0 – 1.6, #18 – #21

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WTKS 3.9 – 3.6, #10 – #10

WDBO 3.6 – 3.2, #13 – #13

WFLF .8 – .7, #21 – #20

WFYY-HD3 DNA – .1, DNA – #27

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM .7 – .9, #23 – #18 (Magic)

WOCL-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFE 2.7 – 2.8, #14 – #14

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 12.0 – 11.2, 23rd consecutive month at #1 (Bengals)

WKRC 5.7 – 4.9, #5 – #6

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY 2.0 – 1.3, #15 – #19 (Bengals)

WSAI 1.2 – .5, #19 – #21

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.5 – 3.8, #11 – #9

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 5.1 – 4.8, #9 – #10 (Cavaliers)

News

WMMS-HD2 .1 – .1, #24 – #24

Sports Talk

WKRK 6.0 – 5.8, #7 – #7  (Browns)

WKRK Stream .9 – .7, #19 – #21 (Browns)

WARF .3 – .2, #23 – #23

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 5.0 – 5.2, #10 – #9

WKSU-HD4 .1 – .1, #24 – #24

Note: Classic hits-oldies WMJI’s -3.0 (5.6 – 4.2) is the largest (6+) November 2023 – December 2023 decrease by any station in the first three rounds of PPM results.

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 5.5 – 5.3, #4 – #5

KCMO-AM 2.0 – 1.9, #16 – #17

KMBZ-AM 1.2 – 1.6, #18 – #18

KMBZ-FM Stream .7 – .7, #21 – #21

KCMO-AM Stream DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 3.1 – 2.6, #14 – #15

KCSP Stream  .2 – .2, #27 – #25

KWOD DNA – .1, DNA – #29

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 3.6 – 2.8, #12 – #13

KANU-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Note: Country WDAF is the flagship of the Chiefs.

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 7.4 – 6.0, #3 – #4   

News

WYTS .1 – DNA, #22 – DNA

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 10.3 – 9.8, #1 – #2 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-AM .3 – .3, #21 #21 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-FM HD2 .1 – DNA, #22 – DNA

WMNI DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 4.3 – 4.0, #8 – #9

Up next: December 2023 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Industry News

WGN, Chicago to Air Dusty Rhodes Christmas Specials

WGN-AM, Chicago announces that it will air the nationally syndicated Dusty Rhodes Christmas Specials for the first time, starting December 23 at 11:00 pm through December 25 at 10:00 pm. Theim Dusty Rhodes programs began with a Christmas Eve show in 1961 on WSAI in Cincinnati and quickly became a holiday tradition there. Over the years, it expanded to 36 hours and went national in 1995, airing on over 100 radio stations coast-to-coast. Rhodes says, “The presentation is based on the traditional Christmas celebration to accompany families as they travel to visit relatives, go to church services, open presents and enjoy holiday parties. I’m delighted to bring the programs to WGN Radio, one of America’s great radio stations.”

Industry News

Round Three of November PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2023 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. The survey period covered October 12 through November 8. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media news/talk KXL-FM is flat with a 6.9 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) but rises to the #2 rank, while iHeartMedia’s crosstown news/talk KEX-AM dips one-tenth to a 1.6 share and remains ranked #21. In San Antonio, iHeartMedia news/talk WOAI adds three-tenths to finish with a 3.1 share but falls back to the #14 rank, while Alpha Media’s news/talk KTSA declines four-tenths to a 2.2 share and slips to the #17 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville news/talk KSL-AM/FM loses eight-tenths and wraps the survey with a 6.1 share that leaves it ranked #4, while iHeartMedia news/talk KNRS-AM/FM rises a full share to a 3.9 share and leaps to the #9 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Ratings Takeaways

November 2023 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imNovember 2023 PPM Data – Information for the November 2023 ratings period (October 12 – November 8) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

The only requirement for a spoken-word station to be included here is that they be a Nielsen Audio subscriber – there are no share or rank thresholds.

NFL; NBA; and NHL team names of corresponding spoken-word flagship(s) are bolded.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are October 2023 – November 2023 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 6.9 – 6.9, #3 – #2

KEX 1.7 – 1.6, #21 – #21

KUFO .7 – .8, #24 – #23

KPAM .1 – .1, #34 – #32

News

None

Sports Talk

KFXX 2.0 – 1.8, #18 – #20

KXTG 1.6 – 1.4, #22 – #23

KPOJ .7 – .7, #24 – #24 (Trailblazers)

KFXX Stream  .3 – .2, #28 – #28

KMTT .2 – .2, #31 – #28

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 5.9 – 6.4, #4 – #3

KOPB Stream  1.6 – 1.5, #22 – #22

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM/FM 5.3 – 5.5, #5 – #5

News

WRFX-HD2 DNA – .1, DNA – #25

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 2.7 – 3.0, #13 – #14 (Hornets)

WSOC-HD3 .1 – DNA, #26 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 4.0 – 5.4, #10 – #6

WNSC 1.2 – 1.0, #18 – #18

WFAE-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA  

Notes: Public radio news/talk WFAE’s +1.4 (4.0 – 5.4) represents Charlotte’s largest (6+) October 2023 – November 2023 increase.

The Carolina Panthers’ flagship is classic rock WRFX.

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 2.8 – 3.1, #13 – #14 (Spurs)

KTSA 2.6 – 2.2, #15 – #17

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM 1.7 – 1.5, #22 – #22

KTKR .7 – .7, #27 – #27

KZDC .2 – .3, #35 – #33

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 1.7 – 2.4, #22 – #16

SACRAMENTO

 News/Talk

KFBK-AM 8.2 – 7.3 #1 – #2

KSTE-AM 2.7 – 3.2, #13 – #11

News

None

Sports Talk

KHTK 1.3 – 1.4, #18 – #18 (Kings)

KIFM 1.2 – 1.1, #20 – #21

KIFM Stream  .1 – .1, #30 – #29 

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 1.8 – 2.4, #15 – #14

KQEI .2 – .2, #27 – #28

KQED .1 – .1, #30 – #29

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Note: News/talk KFBK-AM’s -.9 (8.2 – 7.3) represents Sacramento’s largest (6+) October 2023 – November 2023 decrease.

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 3.8 – 4.0, #11 – #8

KDKA-AM Stream  .5 – .4, #23 – #22

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM 8.0 – 8.0, #3 – #3

KDKA-FM Stream  .2 – .1, #28 – #25

WBGG DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 4.2 – 4.0, #7 – #8

Note: The flagships of the Steelers and Penguins are rock WDVE and alternative WXDX, respectively.

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM/FM 6.9 – 6.1, #2 – #4

KNRS-AM/FM 2.9 – 3.9, #15 – #9

KKAT .1 – .1, #29 – #31

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL 1.8 – 2.2, #20 – #20

KZNS-FM .8 – 1.0, #24 – #24 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM .5 – .7, #26 – #25 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM Stream  .1 – .1, #29 – #31 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM Stream  .1 – .DNA, #29 – DNA (Utah Jazz)

KOVO .1 – DNA, #29 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 2.2 – 2.7, #19 – #15

KUMT .1 – .4, #29 – #28

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .5 – .2, #26 – #29    

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 1.6 – 1.6, #22 – #23

KXNT .5 – .2, #29 – #34

KMZQ .1 – DNA, #36 – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KWWN 1.0 – .9, #27 – #27

KRLV .3 – .5, #32 – #30 (Raiders)

KKGK .3 – .5, #32 – #30 (Golden Knights)

KENO .5 – .2, #29 – #34

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 1.4 – 2.0, #23 – #18

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WTKS 3.9 – 3.9, #10 – #10

WDBO 3.5 – 3.6, #13 – #13

WFLF .9 – .8, #19 – #21

WFYY-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM .7 – .7, #22 – #23 (Magic)

WOCL-HD2 .1 – DNA, #28 – DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFE 2.2 – 2.7, #15 – #14

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 13.5 – 12.0, 22nd consecutive month at #1 (Bengals)

WKRC 5.4 – 5.7, #5 – #5

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY 1.9 – 2.0, #18 – #15 (Bengals)

WSAI 1.0 – 1.2, #20 – #19

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.2 – 3.5, #11 – #11

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 5.5 – 5.1, #10 – #9 (Cavaliers)

News

WMMS-HD2 .1 – .1, #24 – #24

Sports Talk

WKRK 5.9 – 6.0, #8 – #7  (Browns)

WKRK Stream  .9 – .9, #18 – #19 (Browns)

WARF .2 – .3, #23 – #23

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 5.9 – 5.0, #8 – #10

WKSU-HD4 DNA – .1, DNA – #24   

Note: Public radio news/talk WKSU’s -.9 (5.9 – 5.0) represents Cleveland’s largest (6+) October 2023 – November 2023 decrease.

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 5.5 – 5.5, #4 – #4

KCMO-AM 1.6 – 2.0, #17 – #16

KMBZ-AM 1.2 – 1.2, #21 – #18

KMBZ-FM Stream  .9 – .7, #22 – #21

KCMO-AM Stream  .2 – DNA, #26 – DNA

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 3.1 – 3.1, #14 – #14

KCSP Stream  .4 – .2, #23 – #27

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 3.2 – 3.6, #13 – #12

KANU-HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Oddity: With a +.4 (1.6 – 2.0), news/talk KCMO-AM is in an eight-way tie for Kansas City’s largest (6+) October 2023 – November 2023 increase.

Note: Country WDAF is the flagship of the Chiefs.

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 7.5 – 7.4, #4 – #3    

News

WYTS DNA – .1, DNA – #22

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 8.6 – 10.3, #2 – #1 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-AM .1 – .3, #21 #21 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-FM HD2 DNA – .1, DNA – #22

WMNI .1 – DNA, #21 – #DNA

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 3.9 – 4.3, #9 – #8

Up next: November 2023 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford. 

Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Industry News

Round Three of October PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s October 2023 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. The survey period covered September 14 through October 11. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM rises two-tenths to finish with a 6.9 share (weekly, 6+ AHQ share) that keeps it locked in the #3 rank, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KEX-AM, adds three-tenths for a 1.7 share good for the #21 rank. In San Antonio, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOAI-AM tacks on two-tenths for a 2.8 share finish that lifts it to the #13 rank, while Alpha Media’s news/talk KTSA-AM rises four-tenths to a 2.6 share and climbs to the #15 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville’s news/talk KSL-AM/FM rockets up 1.7 shares for a 6.9 share that puts it in the #2 rank, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KNRS-AM/FM plunges 1.1 shares to a 2.9 share that puts it in the #15 rank. It should be noted that Nielsen released updated information for the Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) and Riverside markets and that is now reflected in the first-round report. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Ratings Takeaways

October 2023 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imOctober 2023 PPM Data – Information for Nielsen Audio’s October 2023 PPM ratings period (September 14 – October 11) has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

The only requirement for a spoken-word station to be included here is that they be a Nielsen Audio subscriber – there are no share or rank thresholds.

NFL; NBA; and NHL team names of corresponding spoken-word flagship(s) are bolded.

DNA – DNA = Did Not Appear – Does Not Appear

Comparisons are September 2023 – October 2023 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk

KXL 6.7 – 6.9, #3 – #3

KEX 1.4 – 1.7, #22 – #21

KUFO .7 – .7, #26 – #24

KPAM .1 – .1, #33 – #34

News

None

Sports Talk

KFXX 1.5 – 2.0, #21 – #18

KXTG 1.0 – 1.6, #23 – #22

KPOJ .4 – .7, #28 – #24 (Trailblazers)

KFXX Stream  .1 – .3, #33 – #28

KMTT .2 – .2, #30 – #31

Public Radio News/Talk

KOPB 6.3 – 5.9, #4 – #4

KOPB Stream  2.0 – 1.6, #18 – #22

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk

WBT-AM 5.2 – 5.3, #5 – #5

News

None

Sports Talk

WFNZ-FM 2.4 – 2.7, #14 – #13 (Hornets)

WSOC-HD3 .1 – .1, #26 – #26

Public Radio News/Talk

WFAE 5.2 – 4.0, #5 – #10

WNSC 1.0 – 1.2, #18 – #18

WFAE-HD3 .3 – DNA, #21 – #DNA  

Notes: Public Radio News/Talk WFAE’s -1.2 (5.2 – 4.0) represents Charlotte’s largest September 2023 – October 2023 decrease; classic rock WRFX is the flagship of the Carolina Panthers.

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

WOAI 2.6 – 2.8, #15 – #13 (Spurs)

KTSA 2.2 – 2.6, #19 – #15

News

None

Sports Talk

KTFM 1.3 – 1.7, #24 – #22

KTKR .9 – .7, #26 – #27

KZDC .2 – .2, #37 – #35

Public Radio News/Talk

KSTX 1.6 – 1.7, #21 – #22 

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk

KFBK-AM 10.1 – 8.2 #1 – #2

KSTE-AM 3.3 – 2.7, #12 – #13

News

None

Sports Talk

KHTK 1.1 – 1.3, #20 – #18 (Kings)

KIFM 1.0 – 1.2, #22 – #20

KIFM Stream  .1 – .1, #29 – #30 

Public Radio News/Talk

KXJZ 1.9 – 1.8, #15 – #15

KQEI .3 – .2, #27 – #27

KQED .3 – .1, #27 – #30

KUOP DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

Note: News/Talk KFBK-AM’s -1.9 (10.1 – 8.2) represents Sacramento’s largest September 2023 – October 2023 decrease.

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

KDKA-AM 4.0 – 3.8, #10 – #11

KDKA-AM Stream  .7 – .5, #22 – #23

News

None

Sports Talk

KDKA-FM 7.9 – 8.0, #3 – #3

KDKA-FM Stream  .4 – .2, #25 – #28

Public Radio News/Talk

WESA 4.1 – 4.2, #8 – #7

Note: The flagships of the Steelers and Penguins are rock WDVE and alternative WXDX, respectively.

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

KSL-AM/FM 5.2 – 6.9, #5 – #2

KNRS-AM/FM 4.0 – 2.9, #9 – #15

KKAT .1 – .1, #29 – #29

News

None

Sports Talk

KALL 1.7 – 1.8, #22 – #20

KZNS-FM 1.1 – .8, #24 – #24 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM .4 – .5, #27 – #26 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-FM Stream  .1 – .1, #29 – #29 (Utah Jazz)

KZNS-AM Stream  .1 – .1, #29 – #29 (Utah Jazz)

KOVO .1 – .1, #29 – #29

Public Radio News/Talk

KUER 2.5 – 2.2, #17 – #19

KBYU-HD2 Stream  .5 – .5, #26 – #26

KUMT .4 – .1, #27 – #29    

Note: News/Talk KSL-AM’s +1.7 (5.2 – 6.9) represents Salt Lake City’s largest September 2023 – October 2023 increase; conversely, similarly-formatted KNRS-FM’s -1.1 (4.0 – 2.9) is tied for the market’s largest September 2023 – October 2023 decrease. 

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk

KMXB-HD3 1.9 – 1.6, #18 – #22

KXNT .6 – .5, #28 – #29

KMZQ .1 – .1, #36 – #36

News

None

Sports Talk

KWWN .9 – 1.0, #27 – #27

KENO .3 – .5, #32 – #29

KRLV .3 – .3, #32 – #32 (Raiders)

KKGK .2 – .3, #35 – #32 (Golden Knights)

Public Radio News/Talk

KNPR 1.2 – 1.4, #26 – #23

ORLANDO

News/Talk

WTKS 4.6 – 3.9, #8 – #10

WDBO 3.4 – 3.5, #12 – #13

WFLF 1.0 – .9, #21 – #19

WFYY-HD3 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

WYGM 1.1 – .7, #20 – #22 (Magic)

WOCL-HD2 DNA – .1, DNA – #28

Public Radio News/Talk

WMFE 2.4 – 2.2, #15 – #15

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

WLW 13.9 – 13.5, 21st consecutive month at #1 (Bengals)

WKRC 4.6 – 5.4, #6 – #5

News

None

Sports Talk

WCKY 1.6 – 1.9, #18 – #18 (Bengals)

WSAI .6 – 1.0, #22 – #20

Public Radio News/Talk

WVXU 3.6 – 3.2, #9 – #11

CLEVELAND

News/Talk

WTAM 6.1 – 5.5, #7 – #10 (Cavaliers)

News

WMMS-HD2 DNA – .1, DNA – #24

Sports Talk

WKRK 5.1 – 5.9, #10 – #8  (Browns)

WKRK Stream  .8 – .9, #17 – #18 (Browns)

WARF .3 – .2, #20 – #23

Public Radio News/Talk

WKSU 4.9 – 5.9, #11 – #8

WKSU-HD4 .1 – DNA, #22 – DNA   

Note: Public Radio News/Talk WKSU’s +1.0 (4.9 – 5.9) represents Cleveland’s largest September 2023 – October 2023 increase.

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

KMBZ-FM 5.1 – 5.5, #4 – #4

KCMO-AM 1.0 – 1.6, #20 – #17

KMBZ-AM 1.2 – 1.2, #19 – #21

KMBZ-FM Stream  .9 – .9, #22 – #22

KCMO-AM Stream  .1 – .2, #30 – #26

KMBZ-FM HD2 DNA – DNA, DNA – DNA

News

None

Sports Talk

KCSP 3.1 – 3.1, #13 – #14

KCSP Stream  .6 – .4, #23 – #23

Public Radio News/Talk

KCUR 3.2 – 3.2, #12 – #13

KANU-HD2 .1 – DNA, #30 – DNA

Note: Country WDAF is the flagship of the Chiefs.

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

WTVN 7.3 – 7.5, #4 – #4    

News

None

Sports Talk

WBNS-FM 7.9 – 8.6, #2 – #2 (Blue Jackets)

WBNS-AM DNA – .1, DNA – #21 (Blue Jackets)

WMNI .1 – .1, #22 – #21

Public Radio News/Talk

WOSU 4.5 – 3.9, #8 – #9

Up next: October 2023 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Industry News

Round Three of September PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s September PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen’s September 2023 sweep covered August 17 – September 13. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Sacramento, iHeartMedia news/talk KFBK-AM/FM adds four-tenths to finish the survey with a 10.1 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) and claims the #1 rank in the market, while sister news/talk KSTE-AM falls four-tenths to a 3.3 share good for the #12 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville news/talk KSL-AM/FM rises three-tenths for a 5.2 share finish and remains ranked #5, while iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM/FM adds six-tenths for a 4.0 share finish that lifts it to the #9 rank. And in Orlando, iHeartMedia talk outlet WTKS-FM is up two-tenths for a 4.6 share finish but falls to the #8 rank, while Cox Media Group news/talk WDBO remains steady with a 3.4 share but rises to the #12 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways here.

Ratings Takeaways

September 2023 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imSeptember 2023 PPM Data – Information for the September 2023 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

Nielsen Audio’s September 2023 sweep covered August 17 – September 13.

TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

Cited as well are each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are August 2023 – September 2023 (6+).

Note: The NFL season began September 7 – flagships are bolded, where applicable.

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” flat at 6.7, repeats in third-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 6.1 – 6.3, +.2, repeats in fourth-place

KOPB’s internet stream 1.7 – 20, +.3, #20 to #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH, first month, 8.7 – 8.5, -.2

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: triple A KINK and hot AC KRSK (+.8)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: adult contemporary KKCW (-2.0)*

*Represents the largest August 2023 – September 2023 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Urban One-owned WBT-AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” 6.4 – 5.2, -1.2, third to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Urban One’s WFNZ-FM “Sports Radio 92.7” 1.8 – 2.4, +.6, #16 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation’s WFAE 4.6 – 5.2, +.6, sixth to fifth

South Carolina Educational Television Commission-owned WNSC .5 – 1.0, +.5, #20 to #18

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group country WSOC, first month, 7.2 – 7.4, +.2

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: sports talk WFNZ and public radio news/talk WFAE (+.6)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: news/talk WBT-AM & WBT-FM (-1.2) 

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk:  iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” 2.4 – 2.6, +.2, #17 to #15

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 2.6 – 2.2, -.4, #15 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM, ninth consecutive month, 8.6 – 7.1, -1.5

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: classic rock KTKX (+.6)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (-1.5)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 9.7 – 10.1, +.4, #1

KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM cluster-mate KSTE-AM “Talk 650” 3.7 – 3.3, -.4, #10 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KHTK “Sacramento Sports 1140” .8 – 1.1, +.3, #24 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio-owned KXJZ 2.3 – 1.9, -.4, #14 to #15

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia news/talk KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM, third month in a row, 9.7 – 10.1, +.4

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL (+1.3)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: adult contemporary KBEB (-1.0)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 3.8 – 4.0, +.2, #10 (third straight month)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 6.8 – 7.9, +1.1, fourth to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 4.6 – 4.1, -.5, repeats in eighth-place

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW, tenth month in a row, 11.4 – 11.2, -.2

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: sports talk KDKA-FM (+1.1)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: public radio news/talk WESA and classical WQED (-.5)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” 4.9 – 5.2, +.3, repeats in fifth-place

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 3.4 – 4.0, +.6, #11 to #9

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 2.6 – 2.5, -.1, repeats at #17

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI, eleventh straight month, 10.8 – 10.3, -.5

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: rock KBER (+1.2)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: hot AC KJMY (-1.0) 

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Audacy-owned KMXB-HD3 “101.5 K-Dawn The Talk Of Las Vegas” 1.1 – 1.9, +.8, #26 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE, third month in succession, 9.3 – 9.5, +.2

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: Spanish adult hits KWID and classic rock KXPT (+1.8)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: CHR KLUC (-1.2)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 4.4 – 4.6, +.2, seventh to eighth

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” steady at 3.4, #13 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WYGM “96.9 The Game” 1.4 – 1.1, -.3, #18 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections-owned WMFE 2.9 – 2.4, -.5, #14 to #15

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF, fourth consecutive month, 9.1 – 10.1, +1.0

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: Spanish tropical WRUM (+1.4)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: alternative WQMP (-1.0)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds, Bengals) 14.0 – 13.9, -.1, #1

WLW’s cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.4 – 4.6, +.2, repeats in sixth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” (Bengals) 1.2 – 1.6, +.4, #20 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU 4.0 – 3.6, -.4, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: news/talk WLW, 20th consecutive month, 14.0 – 13.9, -.1

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: rock WEBN (+1.2)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: rhythmic hot AC WREW (-.9)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Guardians) 5.5 – 6.1, +.6, eighth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) 4.0 – 5.1, +1.1, #11 to #10

WKRK’s internet stream .5 – .8, +.3, #18 to #17

iHeartMedia-owned WARF “Fox Sports 1350 AM The Gambler” .2 – .3, +.1, repeats at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Kent State University’s WKSU 5.2 – 4.9, -.3, #9 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI, eleventh month in a row, 10.5 – 11.8, +1.3

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: classic hits-oldies WMJI +1.3)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: rock WMMS (-1.1)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy-owned KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” flat at 5.1, third to fourth

KMBZ-FM cluster-mate KMBZ-AM “Talk 980 AM” 1.3 – 1.2, -.1, repeats at #19

Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” unchanged at 1.0, #22 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) 2.7 – 3.1, +.4, #13 (third successive month)

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KCUR 3.5 – 3.2, -.3, #10 to #12

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM, second straight month, 10.6 – 9.8, -.8

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: contemporary Christian KJNW (+.7)

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: country KBEQ (-1.1)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 7.4 – 7.3, -.1, second to fourth    

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 5.6 – 7.9, +2.3, fifth to second

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 4.4 – 4.5, +.1, ninth to eighth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia country WCOL, eleventh straight month, 10.4 – 9.8, -.6

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Increase: sports talk WBNS-FM (+2.3)**

Largest 6+ August 2023 – September 2023 Decrease: adult contemporary WSNY (-.9)

**Represents the largest August 2023 – September 2023 increase (6+) of any station from the 36 PPM-markets analyzed thus far

Up next: September 2023 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.  

Industry News

Cincinnati to Name Street After Talk Host Lincoln Ware

Longtime Cincinnati talk radio host Lincoln Ware is being honored with a street named after him in the Avondale neighborhood. Ware currently hosts the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm show on Urban One’s WDBZ-AM, Cincinnati. He’s been on the air in the market consistently for the past 50 years, going back to hisim first gig at age 22 in WCIN-AM. WLWT-TV reports that Cincinnati Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Kearney will emcee the street-naming ceremony. She says, “Lincoln Ware is unbelievable. In my office in city hall, we keep the Lincoln Ware show on every day. Somebody’s assigned to listen, and they come back and say, ‘Here’s what they talked about today, listen to this.’ So, you know, we’re always well-informed.” The city says Ware is being honored due to his “lasting impact on the Cincinnati local media community and to health and wellness within the African American community with his Lincoln Ware Walking Club. His legacy, contributions, and dedication to the City of Cincinnati and its citizens will long be remembered.” See the WLWT-TV piece here.

Industry News

iHeartMedia Executive Chuck Deskins to Retire

iHeartMedia announces that SVP, Inside Sales Division Chuck Deskins will retire from the company on December 31. Deskins has served with iHeartMedia for more than 32 years, beginning his career inim Cincinnati as an AE at 700 WLW in 1987 when it was part of Jacor Communications. He worked his way up through numerous sales positions within the company, assuming his current role in 2019. As SVP of the Inside Sales Division, Deskins managed iHeartMedia’s largest individual sales team and created advertising opportunities for brands and iHeartMedia partners across the company’s vast array of platforms including radio broadcasting, digital, mobile, outdoor, live concerts and events and more. Deskins says, “I’m really going to miss my Inside Sales family and all my iHeart friends across the country. What an awesome group. Thanks to everyone for making this an awesome ride.”

Industry News

Round Three of August PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s August 2023 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen’s August 2023 sweep covered July 20 – August 16. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM jumps nine-tenths to finish with a 6.7 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) that lifts it to the #3 rank in the market, while iHeartMedia’s crosstown news/talk KEX adds a half share for a 1.9 share finish good for the #18 rank. In San Antonio, Alpha Media’s news/talk KTSA tacks on one-tenth to wrap the survey with a 2.6 share and rises to the #15 rank, while iHeartMedia’s crosstown news/talk WOAI dips two-tenths for a 2.4 share finish and falls to the #17 rank. In Salt Lake City, Bonneville news/talk KSL-AM/FM jumps six-tenths for a 4.9 share finish that lifts it to the #5 rank, while iHeartMedia’s crosstown news/talk KNRS-AM/FM drops 1.2 shares to finish with a 3.4 share that drags it down to the #11 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Ratings Takeaways

August 2023 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

imAugust 2023 PPM Data – Information for the August 2023 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.

Nielsen Audio’s August 2023 sweep covered July 20 – August 16.

TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

Cited as well are each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are July 2023 – August 2023 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 5.8 – 6.7, +.9, fourth to third

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 1.4 – 1.9, +.5, #20 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 6.2 – 6.1, -.1, third to fourth

KOPB’s internet stream 1.4 – 1.7, +.3, anchored at #20

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW, first month, 8.8 – 10.3, +1.5

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: adult contemporary KKCW (+1.5)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: triple A KINK (-1.6)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Urban One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” 6.1 – 6.4, +.3, fourth to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Urban One’s WFNZ-FM “Sports Radio 92.7” 1.9 – 1.8, -.1, locked at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation’s WFAE 3.6 – 4.6, +1.0, #11 to #6

Number One 6+: Urban One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF, fourth straight month, 8.0 – 8.2, +.2

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: public radio news/talk WFAE (+1.0)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: adult hits WLKO (-1.5)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 2.5 – 2.6, +.1, #16 to #15

iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, #15 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 1.7 – 1.9, +.2, #19 to #20

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM, eighth consecutive month, 9.1 – 8.6, -.5

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: country KCYY (+1.5)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: adult contemporary KQXT (-1.3)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 12.6 – 9.7, -2.9, #1

KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM cluster-mate KSTE-AM “Talk 650” flat at 3.7, seventh to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio-owned KXJZ 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, #15 to #14

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock KSEG, first month, 10.7 – 9.7, -1.0 and iHeartMedia news/talk KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM, second month in a row, 12.6 – 9.7, -2.9

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: adult contemporary KBEB (+2.0)*

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: news/talk KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM (-2.9)**

*Represents the largest July 2023 – August 2023 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

**Represents the largest July 2023 – August 2023 decrease (6+) of any station from the 36 PPM-markets analyzed thus far

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 3.6 – 3.8, +.2, repeats in tenth-place

KDKA’s internet stream .7 – .8, +.1, #21 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 6.7 – 6.8, +.1, continues at #4

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA flat at 4.6, sixth to eighth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW, ninth month in a row, 12.8 – 11.4, -1.4

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: alternative WXDX (+.8)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WWSW (-1.4)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” 4.3 – 4.9, +.6, sixth to fifth

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 4.6 – 3.4, -1.2, #4 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 2.1 – 2.6, +.5, #20 to #17

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI, tenth straight month, 11.6 – 10.8, -.8

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: hot AC KBZN (+1.3)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: news/talk KNRS and adult contemporary KBEE (-1.2)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE, second month in succession, 8.1 – 9.3, +1.2

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: rhythmic hot AC KXQQ (+1.4)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: Spanish adult hits KWID (-2.1)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 4.0 – 4.4, +.4, tenth to seventh

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 3.9 – 3.4, -.5, #11 to #13

WTKS’ cluster-mate WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.6 – 1.7, +.1, #17 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WYGM “96.9 The Game” 1.3 – 1.4, +.1, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections-owned WMFE 2.4 – 2.9, +.5, repeats at #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF, third consecutive month, 8.5 – 9.1, +.6

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: classic hits-oldies WOCL (+1.9)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: Spanish tropical WPYO (-1.2)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds) 16.0 – 14.0, -2.0, #1

WLW’s cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.2 – 4.4, +.2, seventh to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” .8 – 1.2, +.4, #22 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU 4.1 – 4.0, -.1, repeats in eighth-place

Number One 6+: news/talk WLW, 19th consecutive month, 16.0 – 14.0, -2.0

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: classic hits-oldies WGRR (+1.8)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: news/talk WLW (-2.0)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Guardians) 5.1 – 5.5, +.4, continues in eighth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” 3.1 – 4.0, +.9, #12 to #11

WKRK’s internet stream .4 – .5, +.1, repeats at #18

iHeartMedia-owned WARF “Fox Sports 1350 AM The Gambler” flat at .2, #21 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Kent State University’s WKSU 4.9 – 5.2, +.3, steady at #9

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI, tenth month in a row, 10.3 – 10.5, +.2

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: sports talk WKRK +.9)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: urban AC WZAK (-1.6)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy-owned KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 4.9 – 5.1, +.2, fifth to third

KMBZ-FM cluster-mate KMBZ-AM “Talk 980 AM” 1.2 – 1.3, +.1, #20 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) 2.6 – 2.7, +.1, repeats at #13

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KCUR 3.4 – 3.5, +.1, #12 to #10

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM, first month, 9.8 – 10.6, +.8

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: country KBEQ (+.9)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: adult contemporary KCKC (-1.1)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 6.9 – 7.4, +.5, third to second   

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 4.9 – 5.6, +.7, sixth to fifth

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 4.5 – 4.4, -.1, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia country WCOL, tenth straight month, 10.9 – 10.4, -.5

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Increase: classic rock WLVQ and rock WRKZ (+.6)

Largest 6+ July 2023 – August 2023 Decrease: classical WOSA (-.7)

Up next: August 2023 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.  

Industry News

Retired WLW, Cincinnati Icon Jim Scott Announces ALS Diagnosis

In a recent Facebook post retired, longtime WLW, Cincinnati morning host Jim Scott announces that he was diagnosed with ALS a year and a half ago. Scott, who retired in 2015 and is now 80, used the announcement to promote the annual ALS Walk in Cincinnati taking place September 15 in which he’ll participate. He says in the post, “I have had a wonderful life, am still having a wonderful life, and I don’t have any intention of checking out soon. My walking abilities have changed considerably. I now use a cane. I named my cane ‘Abel’ and trusty Abel makes it possible for me to walk without falling, though I’ve done that a few times.”

Industry News

Round Three of July PPMs Released

imThe third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen’s July 2023 sweep covered June 22 – July 19. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In San Antonio, iHeartMedia news/talk WOAI falls two-tenths to post a 2.6 share (weekly, 6+ AHQ share) and falls to the #15 rank, while Alpha Media’s crosstown news/talk KTSA adds one-tenth for a 2.5 share finish that lifts it to the #16 rank. In Salt Lake City, iHeartMedia news/talk KNRS-AM/FM loses a full share to wrap the survey with a 4.6 share and regresses to the #4 rank, while Bonneville’s crosstown news/talk KSL-AM/FM tacks on two-tenths for a 4.3 share finish that lifts it to the #6 rank. In Orlando, iHeartMedia talk WTKS-FM loses six-tenths to finish with a 4.0 share but remains ranked #10, while Cox Media Group’s crosstown news/talk WDBO remains flat with a 3.9 share and the #11 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.