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June 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One
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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

 
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June 2020 PPM Data – Information for the June 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s June 2020 survey period covered May 21 – June 17. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Forfeiting April’s +1.1 in its entirety with a May/June -1.1 (1.9 – 3.0 – 2.4 – 1.9, 6+), 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” slips from #16 to #19. Up three-tenths in April/May (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6, 6+), Red Apple Media news/talk WABC surrenders two-tenths in June (1.4, #21 to #22, 6+). Down or flat five straight sweeps for an overall loss of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .8, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” gains one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.8 – .9 – 1.0, #26 to #24, 6+).

Flat at #20, Entercom sports talk WFAN improves by four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), directly after losing approximately 54% (-1.7) of its 6+ AQH share via three straight decreases (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+). Similarly-formatted WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York,” which was up four-tenths in May, sputters by six-tenths (1.6 – 1.0, #21 to #24, 6+). Entering the May sweep, WEPN-FM dropped nine-tenths in three straight downturns (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, (1.5 – 1.2, 6+).

Three successive increases, including April’s +1.0, netted WINS an overall +2.2 (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.7 – 5.7, 6+); however, the Entercom-owned news outlet is -1.5 in May/June (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.2, fourth to seventh, 6+). In May, it had a 1.8-share (6+) advantage over co-owned WCBS-AM. That lead is cut to eight-tenths though as WCBS-AM regains the three-tenths that vanished in May (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+). Moreover, WCBS-AM leaps back into the top ten (#12 to #9).

Four straight increases by WNYC-FM more than doubled (+2.7) its 6+ AQH share (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 4.0 – 5.1, 6+), but the WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk station is -2.2 in May/June and exits the top ten (5.1 – 3.3 – 2.9, #8 to #13, 6+). Co-owned public radio news/talk WNYC-AM repeats May’s .7 (6+) and proceeds from #28 to #27.

New York City Music Formats – The combination of a +.8 by Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” (5.8 – 6.6, second to first, 6+) and a -2.1 by Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” (8.7 – 6.6, 6+) results in a first-place tie between those two. In May, “New York’s Greatest Hits” posted a half-share increase, thus wiping away roughly half of April’s loss of nine-tenths (6.2 – 5.3 – 5.8, 6+). In three consecutive gains, WCBS-FM was an overall +1.9 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+), directly after its -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+). Meanwhile, “Mega 97.9” had been an overall +2.8 via three straight increases (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.7 – 8.7, 6+). Albeit tied for the lead, it is #1 the third time in a row. WSKQ was off seven-tenths in January/February (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+). This (-2.1) represents the largest (6+) May 2020 – June 2020 decrease by any station in the 12 PPM-markets highlighted here. WSKQ’s internet stream, which registered a .7 (May 2020, 6+), disappears from print. Adding a whopping +1.3 onto May’s increase of one-tenth (3.1 – 3.2 – 4.5, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WXNY “X-96.3” jumps from tenth to sixth. Wiping away May’s loss of four-tenths (5.3 – 4.9, 6+) with a June improvement twice that magnitude (5.7, +.8, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ continues in fourth-place. Immediately prior to May, “Q-104.3” was a collective +1.8 through four straight sweeps without a loss (3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 5.3, 6+). An overall -1.2 via three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.2 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), CHR cluster-mate WHTZ “Z-100” dials up a +.7 to 4.2 (6+) and repeats at #7. Down or flat the past three sweeps for a net loss of nine-tenths (5.4 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “#1 For R&B” erases two-thirds of the deficit with a +.6 to 5.1 (6+) and climbs from sixth to fifth. Three straight sweeps without a loss by Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” account for a +.7 (.9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.6, #21, 6+) and its highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2019 (1.6, as well). Having dropped roughly 57% (-7.6) of its 6+ AQH share in five straight declines (13.3 – 8.0 – 7.3 – 6.7 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW pulls the plug with a +.2 to 5.9 (6+) and remains at #3. Prior to segueing to second in April, “106.7 Lite FM” was #1 34 successive ratings periods and +6.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1 – 9.6 – 13.3, 6+). Tied at #11 are iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU (3.2 – 3.1, -.1, #10 to #11, 6+) and Emmis’ similarly-formatted WQHT “Hot 97,” which is +.8 in May/June (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.1, #15 to #11, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (3.1) since “Holiday” 2019 (3.5). WKTU negated April’s one-half share decrease with a May +.6 (3.1 – 2.6 – 3.2, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats  – A combined -1.1 in May/June (5.5 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI dips from second to fourth. “AM 640” more than doubled (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share from “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020; crossed the five-share threshold; and had an April-only stay at #1 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 5.5,  6+). April 2020 marked the first time KFI reached #1 since March 2011 (4.9, 6+). Flat at 1.5 (6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA nonetheless progresses from #27 to #25. Before sputtering by three-tenths in May, “AM 870 The Answer” was down or flat six sweeps in succession for a net gain of eight-tenths (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+). In four consecutive improvements, Cumulus Media’s KABC almost tripled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+), but “790 News-Talk-Evolved” is off four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0, #34 to #33, 6+). It is two-tenths ahead of iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot,” which wipes away April’s gain of three-tenths with a May/June loss of that margin (.8 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8, #35 to #36, 6+).

Pushing up from #40 to #38, iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” gains one-tenth in May/June (.5 – .5 – .6, 6+). Two-tenths behind is Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN,” which is without an increase the fifth time in a row for a net loss of seven-tenths (1.1 – .9 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .4, #41 to #42, 6+). KLAC and KSPN were each off one-tenth in March; -.4 in April; and unchanged in May.

Down nine-tenths in April/May (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+), Entercom all-news KNX roars back with a June +1.0 to 3.9 (6+), rocketing into the top ten (#12 to #6); “1070 News Radio” logged a March improvement of eight-tenths.

Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” is off one-half share in May/June (2.0 – 1.7 – 1.5, #24 to #25, 6+).

Los Angeles Music Formats – An overall -9.5 through five straight downturns (13.7 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” applies the brakes with a +.9 to 5.1 (6+), sailing from fifth to second. After four straight sweeps at #1, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in March. “Coast” had been a collective +8.5 via three consecutive positive or neutral sweeps (5.2 – 5.2 – 9.3 – 13.7, 6+). After losing seven-tenths in three straight drops  (2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+), alternative cluster-mate KYSR “Alt 98.7” is up nine-tenths in May/June (2.2 – 2.4 – 3.1, #16 to #12, 6+). Entercom-owned/similarly-programmed KROQ, which had been down or flat three times in succession for a net -1.1 (2.5 – 2.0 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), concludes the slide with a +.3 to 1.7 (#29 to #24, 6+). In addition to repeating at #1, Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” logs its fourth straight report without a loss for a net gain of one-half share (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+). KRTH held the top spot in March and shifted to second in April. Prior to March, “K-Earth” last occupied the #1 position in October and November. The March 2020 through May 2020 topline for KFWB “980 La Mera Mera” was: 1.0 – 1.4 – 1.8 (6+); however, the Lotus Communications-owned outlet falters by eight-tenths to 1.0 (#33, 6+). Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA is down six-tenths in May/June (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0, #14 to #19, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat since December (2.0, as well). A cumulative +1.6 via five straight sweeps without a decrease (2.3 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+), Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Rock Station” drops three-tenths to 3.6 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Similarly, a loss of three-tenths by Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters-owned KKGO “GO Country 105 FM” (2.9, #11 to #13, 6+) suspends three successive spikes that yielded eight-tenths (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.2, 6+).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Following four straight increases that resulted in an overall +2.6 (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.6, 6+), Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” is -1.1 in May/June (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.5, third to seventh, 6+). Unchanged at #19, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM “890 AM” is down four-tenths in that same timespan (2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+).

As a result of six decreases in a row, Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” is an overall -2.0 (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.5, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#19 to #24). Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” is -1.1 through eight consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8, #26 to #27, 6+).

Albeit -1.4 in May/June (8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM is #1 the fifth time in a row. Immediately prior, “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” was a collective +3.5 through four straight upticks (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+).

A combined +1.8 in March/April (3.6 – 4.3 – 5.4, 6+), Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ is -1.6 in May/June (5.4 – 4.7 – 3.8, seventh to ninth, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – Progressing by six-tenths each are Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” (eighth to fifth); Univision Radio regional Mexican WOJO “Que Buena 105.1” (tenth to ninth); and iHeartMedia CHR WKSC “103.5 Kiss FM – Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station” (3.3, #12 to #11, 6+). “Chicago’s Classic Hits” had been within 4.0 – 4.8 range (6+) the past seven sweeps and reaches the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time since last November (5.1). “Que Buena” is +1.0 in May/June (2/8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+); 3.8 is its strongest 6+-showing since April 2019’s 3.9. In three straight drops, “Kiss” was -1.0 (3.7 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.7, 6+). As a result of four consecutive reports with a loss, Venture Technologies Group-owned adult contemporary WRME-LP “Me TV FM 87.7” nets six-tenths (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 3.0, #14 to #12, 6+). Elsewhere in the AC format, iHeartMedia’s WLIT was -10.0 in four straight decreases (13.7 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+), but “93.9 Lite FM” rebounds with a May/June +1.8 (3.7 – 5.2 – 5.5, third to fourth, 6+). WLIT was #1 in December 2019, “Holiday” 2019, and January 2020. In five consecutive down or flat reports, Hubbard Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted WSHE “100.3 SHE” is a collective -1.3 (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3, flat at #17, 6+). Cumulus Media alternative WKQX is within 2.0 – 2.9 territory the eighth successive ratings period (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 2.8, #14 to #13, 6+). After more than doubling (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in seven straight sweeps without a loss (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+), Window to the World Communications classical WFMT loses nine-tenths in May/June (1.5 – 1.2 – .6, #26 to #30, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. In May, Cumulus Media-owned KSFO picked up one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9, 6+), but departed the top twenty (#19 to #21). Now, “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” returns the one-tenth (1.9 – 1.8, 6+) yet advances from #21 to #20. Co-owned news/talk KGO is down 33% (-.6) via four straight sweeps without an increase (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, #24 to #27, 6+). The November 2019 through June 2020 trending for iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” is: .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 (#33 to #35, 6+).

A May increase of two-tenths by Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM halted three straight drops that led to a -2.7 (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.1, 6+); however, “The Sports Leader” falters by four-tenths in June (2.3 – 1.9, #14 to #19, 6+). In four straight setbacks, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” has lost nine-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, flat at #28, 6+).

By gaining four-tenths (8.5 – 8.9, 6+), KCBS-AM progresses from second to first. The Entercom all-news operation had been on top three successive sweeps and was an overall +2.2 in four successive up or flat moves (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9 – 9.9, 6+), before faltering by -1.4 in May.

Nine recent (6+) fluctuations for KQED include: -1.2 (September/October); +1.6 (November/December); -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (January 2020); -.9 (February); +1.5 (March); +1.8 in April; -1.2 (May); and now -.9 in June (8.7 – 7.8, 6+). Consequently, the California Public Broadcasting news/talk station segues from first to second. Flat at #29, San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is off four-tenths in May/June (.9 – .7 – .5, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Advancing from fourth to third, iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” is +1.2 in May/June (3.5 – 3.9 – 4.7, 6+). An overall +1.5 through five successive upticks (3.7 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 – 5.2, 6+), co-owned adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze – Relaxing Favorites At Work” relinquishes six-tenths (4.6, third to fourth, 6+). Prior to April 2020, the last time “The Breeze” reached the five-share level was March 2019 (5.0). Notching its sixth straight up or flat trend for a collective +.9 and crossing the three-share level (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” pushes up from eighth to seventh. Regressing by one-half share each are Bonneville adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” (fourth to sixth) and Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “La Raza” (#14 to #20). KOIT-FM is a collective -1.4 through four straight downturns (4.8 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), while KRZZ is down six-tenths in May/June (2.4 – 2.3 -1.8, 6+). After gaining eight-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (2.2 – 2.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “94.5 Bay FM The Bay’s Greatest Hits” relinquishes 25% of that increase (2.8, -.2, seventh to tenth, 6+). Despite netting seven-tenths via five straight up or flat reports (3.2 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media classic rock KSAN “107.7 The Bone” backslides from fourth to fifth.

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – The December 2019 through April 2020 topline for Cumulus Media’s WBAP was: 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 4.1; however, “News Talk 820” is -1.1 in May/June (4.1 – 3.2 – 3.0, #15 to #16, 6+). Advancing from #35 to #34, WBAP cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” is trending .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 (March 2020 through June 2020, 6+). For the third time in a row, Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” logs a .4 (#35 to #36, 6+). KLIF-AM and KSKY were tied at #35 in April and May.

The market’s three sports talk outlets notch modest declines. Specifically, Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” is off one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.7 – 1.6 – 15, #21 to #22, 6+); Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” drops two-tenths (1.5 – 1.3, #23 to #26, 6+); and Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” forfeits one-tenth (.8 – .7, #31 to #32, 6+).

Down six-tenths in April/May (1.8 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” picks up one-tenth in June to 1.3 (#28 to #26, 6+).

Flat at #17, North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA is -.9 in three straight drops (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – An overall +1.5 via three consecutive bumps and crossing the four-share level (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.2, 6+) Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNO “Que Buena 94.1” cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). In an alternating down/up pattern since “Holiday” 2019 including June’s +.7 (3.7 – 3.2 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 4.6, seventh to fifth, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “102.9 More Music/More Variety” has its best 6+-stat since December (4.6, as well). Improving by six-tenths each are Entercom adult hits KJKK “100.3 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” (3.4 – 4.0, #11 to #10, 6+), and First Dallas Media contemporary Christian KCBI “90.0 Encouraging Music/Words of Hope” (1.4, #24, 6+), which was off three-tenths in three straight down or flat reports (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8, 6+). Meanwhile, Cumulus Media country-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” (unchanged at #7) and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KDXX “Latino Mix” (#19 to #18) both post half-share gains. A collective -1.0 in three straight drops (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+), “The Wolf” is up seven-tenths in May/June (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+). KPLX lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but fully defused that deficit with a December increase of one-half share. “Latino Mix” was -.5 in March/April (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.2, 6+); +.5 in May (to 1.7, 6+); and replicates that +.5 in June (2.2, 6+). From January 2020 through June 2020, this market’s #1 and #2 rankers have been held by Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired” and iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “106.1 Kiss-FM.” The former has been number one each time except May (#2), while the latter has been #2 each sweep other than May (#1). In June, KLTY is up one-tenth (6.0 – 6.1, second to first, 6+), directly after being -1.0 in April/May (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.0, 6+). Following its combined -1.3 in November/December (6.6 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+), KLTY was +1.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.3 – 6.9, 6+). Meanwhile, “Kiss” surrenders seven-tenths to 5.9 (6+) and segues from first to second. A combined -1.0 in March/April (6.3 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+), KHKS obliterated that shortfall with a May +1.3. Without a loss three times in a row including May’s +1.2 (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” loses three-tenths to 4.8 (6+) but repeats in third-place. It’s a similar scenario for Estrella Media-owned KBOC “Luna 98.3,” which netted seven-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 2.0, 6+), but forfeits four-tenths and exits the top twenty (1.6, #18 to #21, 6+).

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – Regaining the three-tenths it lost in May (6.3 – 6.0 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH advances from fifth to fourth; “News Radio 740” was +1.7 in April (4.6 – 6.3, 6+). Co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” adds one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.2 – .3 – .4, flat at #27, 6+).

One-half share separates three Houston sports talk outlets. Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” loses three-tenths (1.1 – .8, #22 to #24, 6+); iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” is off one-tenth (.6 to .5, #25 to #26, 6+); and  Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” has squandered four-tenths in eight straight sweeps without an increase (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, #27 to #28, 6+).

Down nine-tenths in four consecutive decreases (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF is flat at #17.

Houston Music Formats – Not only does iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA tack on nine-tenths to May’s +.7 (5.5 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), “Sunny 99.1” storms from fourth to first. After four successive sweeps at #1, KODA fell to #2 in March. May’s increase halted four straight setbacks that resulted to a collective -6.1 (11.6 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+). “Sunny 99.1” was +.5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 7.8 – 11.6, 6+) and the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. Last month’s co-leaders – Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” (7.0 – .9, -.1, 6+) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9” (7.0 – 6.7, -.3, 6+) – drop to second and third, respectively. Down three-tenths in February/March (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+), “The Eagle” rebounded with an April +1.2 and was flat in May 7.0 (6+). Before slipping to third in June, “Que Buena was #1 three times in a  row. A combined +2.7 in March/April, KLTN crossed the eight-share level (5.7 – 6.7 – 8.4, 6+). It was a collective +1.9 via six straight increases (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +.9 (January 2020); and -.9 (February). Adult hits cluster-mate KOVE “Amor 106.5” is +1.2 in three straight bumps (2/4 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.6, #15 to #13, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last October (3.6, as well). A combined -1.3 in April/May (4.5 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KRBE “Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” answers with a half-share gain to 3.7 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#13 to #10). Tied with KRBE is independent contemporary Christian KSBJ “89.3 – God Listens,” which is -1.1 in May/June (4.8 – 4.6 – 3.7, eighth to tenth, 6+). Up seven-tenths in April/May (5.8 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” forfeits eight-tenths to 5.7 (third to fifth, 6+). Owing to three straight drops, Entercom Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101 FM” is -1.1 and departs the top ten (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.2, #10 to #14, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Following May’s -2.8 (13.9 – 11.1, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM falters by another seven-tenths (10.4, 6+) but is #1 the 12th straight sweep. In four consecutive increases immediately prior, it was +5.9 (8.0 – 10.0 – 11.4 – 12.9 – 13.9, 6+). April’s 13.9 marked the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station reached the 13-share level (6+). Separated by three-tenths of a share are Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” (1.2 – 1.0 – .7, #24 to #26, 6+); iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (.2 – .4, +.2, #33 to #30, 6+); and Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” (.6 – .4 – .4, #29 to v#30, 6+). WGKA and WAOK are down two-tenths in back-to-back reports; WGST had logged a .2 (6+) the last five survey periods and in seven of the last eight sweeps.

A collective -1.3 in five straight reports without an increase (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). May’s increase of four-tenths by Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN interrupted eight sweeps in succession without an increase that led to a -1.7 (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+); however “680 The Fan” is now down two-tenths (1.4 – 1.2, #20 to #24, 6+).

After spiraling by -1.1 in April, City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE picks up one-tenth in May and June (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4, #16 to #17, 6+). Georgia State University news/talk WRAS is off a collective two-tenths in three straight down or flat trends (.7 – .5 – .5 – .5, #27 to #29, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – By dialing up a +1.0 to 1.5 (6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WBZY pulls the plug on six straight down or flat moves that resulted in a net loss of nine-tenths (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .8 – .5, 6+); “Z-105.7” cracks the top twenty (#19). Posting increases of one-half share each are Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” (eighth to seventh); iHeartMedia’s country formatted WUBL “94.9 The Bull” (eighth to seventh, as well); and WUBL’s CHR cluster-mate WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station” (3.6, #12 to #10, 6+). “Fish” is in an alternating down/up sequence: 4.3 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 4.3 (6+), while “The Bull” is +1.0 in May/June (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.3, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last October (4.3, as well). In three straight down or flat trends, “Power” was -1.1 (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). A combined -2.3 in May/June (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.0, 6+), WALR “104.1 Kiss FM – Atlanta’s R&B” shifts from second to third. The Cox Media Group urban AC was +3.8 in March/April (5.5 – 5.9 – 9.3, 6+). Within 6.0 – 6.9 range (6+) the ninth time in a row (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 6.6, 6+), Entercom urban contemporary WVEE “V-103 The People’s Station” continues in fourth-place. Despite dropping one-tenth to 7.9 (6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” progresses from third to second. The loss, however, concludes three straight upticks that yielded a +2.2 (5.8 – 6.4 – 7.4 – 8.0, 6+). After recording six successive reports without a loss for a +1.3 (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” slips by one-tenth (4.0, seventh to ninth, 6+). This time last month, JDJ Communications urban contemporary WWSZ debuted with a 2.0 (6+), but “Streetz 94.5” loses three tenths to 1.7 (flat at #18, 6+). After trending .9 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 (6+), iHeartMedia alternative WRDA is unlisted the second time in a row.

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – Down four-tenths in May, Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” repeats May’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.6, #19, 6+). Without an increase four consecutive sweeps for a net loss of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” is now up three-tenths in May/June (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1, #24 to #23, 6+).

Following May’s gain of three-tenths to 5.9 (6+), Entercom sports talk WIP erodes by -1.2 to 4.7 (fourth to sixth, 6+). Before falling to third in December, “Sports Radio 94.1” had been #1 three months in a row. Returning the two-tenths it added in May (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” exits the top twenty (#19 to #22).

Bouncing back from May’s -1.5 with a June increase of three-tenths (5.8 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KYW climbs from fifth to fourth; “News Radio 1060” was a combined +2.6 in March/April (4.7 – 6.6 – 7.3, 6+)

Directly following its cumulative +2.1 in three straight gains (3.3 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY is -1.0 in three straight down or flat moves (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4, flat at #8, 6+). WHYY was +.7 in December and -.7 in “Holiday” 2019.

Philadelphia Music Formats – As a result of five consecutive downturns, Entercom-owned adult contemporary WBEB plummeted by a collective –15.6 or a roughly 84% loss of its 6+ AQH share (18.6 – 6.1 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+). Mounting a comeback, “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” chalks up a +1.3 to 4.3 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#15 to #10). Its negative streak came directly after a December/“Holiday” 2019 +13.2 (5.4 – 8.9 – 18.6, 6+). May 2020 marked the first time in the 30 head-to-head battles between WBEB and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WISX “106.1 The Breeze,” that “The Breeze” (3.1 – 3.2, +.1, #14 to #11, 6+) emerged victorious. In June, however, WISX drops three-tenths to 2.9 (#11 to #14 , 6+). WBEB’s +1.3 ties Univision Radio New York City Spanish contemporary WXNY “X-96.3” (see above) for largest (6+) May 2020 – June 2020 increase by any station in these 12 PPM-markets. A combined -1.9 in March/April (4.3 – 4.1 – 2.4, 6+), Beasley Media Group adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 BEN-FM” responds with a May/June +1.7 (2.4 – 3.1 – 4.1, #13 to #11, 6+). Conversely, its internet stream, which notched a .6 (May 2020, 6+), disappears from print. Owing to six straight sweeps without a loss, Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” is a collective +1.0 (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.6, sixth to fifth, 6+). Three straight decreases by co-owned WTDY resulted in a -1.5 (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), but “Today’s Hits 96.5 TDY” halts the slide with a June gain of four-tenths (1.6, #21 to #19, 6+). Before picking up one-half share in February, WTDY was without an increase four straight reports for a net decline of nine-tenths (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+). In three straight bumps, University of Pennsylvania triple A WXPN “88.5 Vinyl At Heart – Rhythms Not Algorithms” crosses the two-share level and nearly doubles (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 2.4, #18 to #17, 6+). It’s a similar scenario for iHeartMedia alternative WRFF, which posts its third up or flat trend in a row for a +1.5 and traverses the four-share threshold (2.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+); “Alt 104.5” backslides from #10 to #12. In an alternating up/down pattern (6.3 – 9.2 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” is #1 the third time in a row. A collective +2.5 in five straight sweeps without a loss (5.5 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3 – 7.3 – 8.0, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” forfeits nearly half that bounty with a -1.2 to 6.8 (6+) but continues in the runner-up slot. WMGK” answered “Holiday” 2019’s -2.0 with a January improvement of seven-tenths. Co-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” is in an alternating up/down pattern that includes June’s -.8: 6.9 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 6.5 (flat at #3, 6+). Up four-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), Radio One urban AC WRNB “R&B From the ‘90s to the 2000’s” falters by one-half share to 2.2 (#16 to #18, 6+), its lowest 6+-stat since November (2.2, as well).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – Surpassing May’s -1.0 (6.7 – 5.7, 6+) with a June -1.3 to 4.4 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” falls from third to fourth. WOR’s April +2.9 rocketed it from #8 to #1. Red Apple Media news/talk WABC repeats May’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.3, #24, 6+).

Three straight drops by WFAN-FM resulted in a -3.0 (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 2.8, 6+), but the Entercom sports talk station is up one-half share in May/June and returns to the top ten (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.3, #11 to #10, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island the sixth month in a row. WEPN was -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

A combined +1.8 in March/April (3.5 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), Entercom’s all-news WINS is -1.2 in May/June (5.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, fifth to sixth, 6+). Off nine-tenths in May, co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM repeat’s May’s 2.5 (6+) but slips from #13 to #14.

Off one-half share in three down or flat moves in succession (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM drops from #26 to #27.

Long Island Music Formats – Replicating May’s gain of nine-tenths (2.1 – 3.0 – 3.9, 6+), Connoisseur Media-owned hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety” reenters the top ten (#11 to #7). Via four successive drops, WALK-FM lost roughly 80% (-8.2) of its 6+ AQH share (10.3 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 3.6 – 2.1, 6+). It had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1. Entering the January sweep, WALK-FM was a collective +6.5 through four successive improvements (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1 – 10.3, 6+), with 10.3 its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5. Reaching the two-share level is Entercom-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7,” which is up nine-tenths in three successive sweeps without a loss and cracks the top twenty (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 2.0, #18, 6+). A combined +1.2 in May/June (1.8 – 2.4 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” proceeds from #15 to #12. This directly follows an overall -7.9 in four straight Long Island drops (9.7 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+). As was the case in May, Long Island’s top two finishers are classic rockers. The difference in June though is that iHeartMedia WAXQ “Q-104.3” improves by six-tenths (6.0 – 6.6, second to first, 6+), while Cox Media Group’s WBAB “102.3 Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” erodes by -1.2 (6.2, first to second, 6+). WAXQ’s May decrease of two-tenths terminated five straight positive or neutral trends that yielded a +2.7 (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 6.2, 6+). WBAB was an overall +2.8 via three straight upticks including May’s +1.2 (4.6 – 4.7 – 6.2 – 7.4, 6+). Up nine-tenths in April/May (2.5 – 2.7 – 3.4, Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WBZO “103.1 Max FM” surrenders one-half share to 2.9 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #13, 6+). After being an overall +3.0 via seven straight Long Island sweeps without a loss (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 7.0, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” is -2.2 in three drops in succession (7.0 – 6.0 – 4.9 – 4.8, fourth to third, 6+). WCBS-FM occupied the lead position in February and March. Cox Media Group-owned CHR WBLI “Long Island’s #1 For All The Hits” is in alternating up/down pattern that began in November (4.9 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 3.9, sixth to seventh, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly-formatted WHTZ “Z-100” is -1.9 in five straight Long Island sweeps without an increase (5.5 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.6, eighth to ninth, 6+).

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After posting a .1 (6+) last August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is unlisted the ninth time in a row.

Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM,” which wasn’t in print in April or May, reappears with a June .1 (#19, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” is unlisted the 31st sweep in succession.

Finishing at #14 and #15, respectively, are San Bernardino Community College public radio news/talk KVCR (.4 – .6, +.2, flat at #14, 6+) and Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” (flat at .4, #14 to 315, 6+).

Riverside Music Formats – Stuck on 3.0 (6+) in March, April, and May, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-Love” erupts with a +1.1 to 4.1 (seventh to fourth, 6+). The four most recent fluctuations by Entercom country outlet KFRG “K-Frog 95.1” are +.5 (March); -.8 (April); +1.9 (May); and +.6 in June (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.5 – 6.4 – 7.0, steady at #2, 6+). Before dropping four-tenths in February, KFRG was a collective +1.5 via three spikes in succession (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+). It is one full-share behind Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY, which was +2.6 in April, but -1.6 in May/June (9.6 – 8.7 – 8.0, 6+). Nonetheless, “Jose” is #1 the ninth time in a row. January’s +.9 interrupted December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). A combined -2.0 in May/June (5.7 – 4.9 – 3.7, 6+), Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN slips from fourth to fifth. Through five straight positive spikes, “Family Friendly 89.7” essentially doubled (+2.8) its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 5.7, 6+). Forfeiting nine-tenths each are Estrella Media regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” (3.7, flat at #5, 6+) and Anaheim Broadcasting’s KCAL-FM “96.7 Rockin’ The Empire” (1.8, eighth to tenth, 6+). Immediately prior, KRQB doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share through five successive increases (2.3 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+). KCAL-FM netted one-half share through three straight spikes (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Co-owned classic hits-oldies KOLA repeats in third-place and is in an alternating down/up pattern (6.2 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 6.1, February through May, 6+). Also continuing an alternating up/down pattern which includes June’s -.5 (1.3 – 1.7 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD “Recuerdo” remains at #11. Down nine-tenths in May/June (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), regional Mexican sibling KSCA slips from sixth to seventh. Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KLRD “Air 1 – Worship Now” (1.6, #11, June 2019, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KKLQ “Positive, Encouraging 100.3” (.7, #15, June 2019, 6+) – are unlisted the 13th time in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being -1.3 in three straight declines (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KGO departs the top twenty (#18 to #21). Down six-tenths in April, co-owned/similarly-formatted KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” is up three-tenths in May/June (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1, flat at #26, 6+).

After picking up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+), cluster-mate KNBR erodes by -1.1 (1.9, 6+), fading from #9 to #17; “The Sports Leader” was -1.9 in February/March (4.7 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+). Without an increase the fifth time in a row for a collective -1.1 (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” exits the top twenty (#18 to #21).

In three straight gains, KCBS-AM was a collective +2.5 (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, 6+), but the Entercom all-news operation is now -1.3 via three drops in succession (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.6, third to fourth, 6+). KCBS-AM was -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); and -.7 (“Holiday” 2019).

A combined +2.8 in March/April (6.5 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED is -1.6 in May/June (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.7, steady at #2, 6+). KQED was -1.2 in December/“Holiday 2019 (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+) and had a November-only stay at #1. Following three straight advances in which it more than doubled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share (.7 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.7, 6+), San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW drops three-tenths in consecutive sweeps (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.1, #21 to #26, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Leaping eight-tenths each are Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “96.5 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” (4.1 eighth to seventh, 6+) and Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KVVF “Latino Mix,” which cracks the top twenty at #14. As a result of three San Jose drops in succession, including May’s -1.2, KOIT-FM was a collective -1.9 and fell below a four-share (5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 3.3, 6+). In four successive sweeps without an increase, “Latino Mix” lost nine-tenths (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 -1.2, 6+). Gaining seven-tenths each are Bonneville’s KUFX “K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” (fourth to third) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” (#11 to #9). Owing to seven consecutive sweeps without a loss, “K-Fox” is a collective +2.8 and crosses the six-share level (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+). KMEL continues an alternating down/up pattern: 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 3.3 (6+). Off by -1.0 in four straight down or flat trends (2.4 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned KITS “Alt 105.3 – The Bay Area’s Alternative” regains 60% of the shortfall with a +.6 to 2.0 (#14, 6+). Unlisted the past four months, Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL pops back with a 3.3 (#9, 6+). Immediately before disappearing, “Que Buena” was a collective -1.4 through three consecutive drops (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.9, #20, 6+). Setting the pace the eighth sweep in succession, including April’s tie with public radio news/talk KQED, Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY drops two-tenths (9.6 – 9.4, 6+). “Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” was -.5 (February); +.5 (March); and +1.2 in April (8.1 – 7.6 – 8.1 – 9.3, 6+). Faltering by seven-tenths each are Empire Broadcasting-owned KRTY “San Jose Hot Country 95.3” (3.8, sixth to eighth, 6+) and Entercom rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 The Bay’s Old School” (1.4, 6+). KRTY was locked on 3.8 (6+) in April and May. “Q-102.1” had more than doubled (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share (.9 – 1.0 – 2.1, 6+) but fades from the top twenty (#14 to #25). Following four straight sweeps without a loss for a +1.2 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” is -1.6 in three drops in a row (3.5 – 2.7 – 2.1 – 1.9, #14 to #17, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KIOI “Star 101.3,” which was -2.7 as a result of six consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), ends the slide with a +.4 to 1.6 (#24 to #21, 6+).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – In three straight increases, Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW was +1.6 (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+), but “New Jersey 101.5” regresses by three-tenths to 6.5 (flat at #3, 6+). Up one-half share in April/May (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” drops two-tenths in June (1.7, #18 to #20, 6+). As a result of three straight up or flat trends, Red Apple Media news/talk WABC picks up four-tenths (.5 – .8 – .9 – .9, #24 to #23, 6+).

In three consecutive decreases, Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM is -1.9 (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.3, unchanged at #14, 6+). WFAN-FM was +1.4 (January) and -1.0 (February). Unlisted in Middlesex the past five months, similarly-programmed WEPN reappears with a 1.2 (#22, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “98.7 ESPN New York” posted a 2.1 (#19, 6+).

Without a loss four sweeps in a row for a net gain of one-half share (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom all-news WCBS-AM has that increase erased completely with a May/June -.5 (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9, #16 to #19, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WINS, which was +1.0 in March/April (1.2 – 1.6 – 2.2, 6+), is -1.3 in May/June (2.2 – 1.4 – .9, #21 to #23, 6+).

By following its May deficit of eight-tenths with a June loss of three-tenths (3.1 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM slips from #15 to #17.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – Off seven-tenths via four straight sweeps without an increase (3.5 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), Entercom-owned WNYL “Alt 92.3 New York’s New Alternative” breaks out a +1.1 to 3.9 (6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #9). Adult contemporary-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WLTW was -1.2 in April/May (4.5 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+), but “Lite FM” dials up a +1.0 to 4.3 (tenth to seventh, 6+). Notching gains of six-tenths each are Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” (unchanged at #6) and Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” (steady at #7). “Hot” is up seven-tenths in May/June and reaches the five-share level (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+); WNEW-FM was -1.0 in April/May (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+). Notwithstanding that it is -2.0 in May/June (12.4 – 11.2 – 10.4, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is #1 the sixth sweep in a row. May’s loss suspended four consecutive spikes that yielded a +6.7 (5.6 – 7.0 – 7.4 – 7.7 – 12.4, 6+). Its 12.4 in April tied aforementioned adult contemporary cluster-mate WLTW “Lite FM” for Middlesex-Somerset-Union’s highest 6+-share recorded in the PPM-era. Sputtering eight-tenths as well in June is Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits,” which is -1.4 in May/June (8.1 – 7.5 – 6.7, flat at #2, 6+). This comes directly after posting an April +1.2. As a result of three straight declines, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s classical WQXR spiraled by -1.2 (1.4 – .7 – .5 – .2, 6+); rebounded with a May +.9; but is -.5 in June (1.1 – .6, #23 to #27, 6+).

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