Always the bridesmaid, WCBS-FM has rarely been the bride. But CBS-FM plays second fiddle to no one in the September Arbitron ratings released this week.
In the overall 6+ ratings, CBS-FM ended the month with a 6.2, down slightly from August. But that is the incidental part. WLTW/LITE FM, the perennial top-rated station, had a .5 nosedive to 6.1, leapfrogging with CBS.
For CBS-FM program director Jim Ryan, this is an exciting moment.
“Some people look at 12+, others 6+. … It was nice to win both this month so there is no doubt who is number 1,” Ryan tells Tuned In.
In June, CBS-FM shared a portion of the lead with WLTW in the 12+ demographic. But you have to go back to last October when the classic hits station held number one (12+) by itself. The drought was deeper in the 6+, where CBS-FM last held sole possession of top spot in May 2010.
“CBS-FM is possibly the most iconic brand in a city of legendary radio stations, but at the end of the day, I think our on-air talent sets us apart from the rest. We are so lucky to work for a company that believes as strongly in talent as CBS,” Ryan says.
The return of Jodi Applegate to local morning television awaits! Applegate, sitting on the TV sidelines since leaving WPIX late in 2012, will join The Couch for the week of September 9.
We may be seeing quite a bit of Applegate on the WLNY two-hour morning show. Co-host Lisa Kerney just gave birth to her second daughter and is on materity leave. Colleague Carolina Bermudez, who is in the last trimester of her pregnancy, will soon have her own time off.
Applegate, who had her first child earlier this year via gestational carrier, was co-host of WNYW/Channel 5’s Good Day New York from 2004 to 2008. But she is looking ahead to her Couch appearance.
“It’s a great show. Informative and fun to watch,” Applegate tells Tuned In. “I’m looking forward to hanging out on The Couch!”
Applegate is also gaining a presence on radio with fill-in hosting on WOR. She returns Friday with Jack Ford, with whom she co-anchored NBC”s Weekend Today in the 1990s, for the 10 a.m. to noon shift.
(l to r) Gary Bernstein, Skip Dillard, Al Sharpton, Chales Warfield, Pres./COO, YMF Media, Deon Levingston, VP/GM,YMF Media.
Reverend Al Sharpton has taken his weekday syndicated radio show to WLIB 1190 AM. Keeping it Real will be heard live from 1 to 3 p.m. The program focuses on current topics, news, and issues affecting African American communities.
Skip Dillard, operations manager for WBLS/WLIB, states “Reverend Al’s weekday show is a perfect fit for WLIB, a station with a history of both inspiration and information. Rev. Sharpton has a long history with WBLS and WLIB. We’re super-excited to now have him at work with WLIB listeners each weekday!”
Gary Bernstein, Vice President of Programming for Reach Media Inc., attests, “We appreciated the tremendous support from our former affiliation with WWRL, but the opportunity of a live clearance on WLIB from 1p to 3p in the biggest radio market in the country was the motivation for us to make the switch. We are also enhancing what has been a special relationship with our friends at YMF Media and WBLS/WLIB.”
Few political figures have been more visible during the last two decades than Sharpton, the head of the National Action Network. His daily radio show, Keepin’ it Real with Rev. Al Sharpton broadcasts in syndication in more than 40 U.S. markets.
If the familiar is boring, then WLTW/LITE-FM is the most boring station. Of course, WLTW is also the most popular, winning the overall (6+) Arbitron ratings for July. WLTW did see a slight drop from June (6.8 to 6.6), but its nearest competitor WCBS-FM also made an about-face. The classic hits station took a .4 nosedive for the month, after closing within a tenth of a point behind the Clear Channel juggernaut.
WBLS held third place with a 6.0 (down .2 from June).
No change for Z100/WHTZ. Fresh off celebrating its 30th anniversary last Friday, it maintained a 5.5.
He was an announcer at classical station WQXR for 53 years until his retirement in 2006. Lloyd Moss died Saturday, the station confirmed to Tuned In. He was 86 and had Parkinson’s disease.
The Brooklyn-born broadcaster started his long association with ‘QXR in 1953. He left a staff position in 1971 to concentrate on acting and his voice-over work. But even during the sabbatical from WQXR, he hosted two shows.
The longtime afternoon announcer, Moss returned to the station on a regular basis in 1989.
“I never had the privilege of meeting Lloyd in person, but most certainly loved listening to him on WQXR when I moved to New York in 1995,” said Graham Parker, the Vice President and General Manager of WQXR, said on the station’s website. “His was a voice of a golden generation and his perspective on music and New York so utterly captivating.”
Moss added author to the resume, with the 1995 Simon & Schuster book Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin.
A paid obituary in today’s New York Times said Moss requested donations should be made in his name to The Innocence Project.
Bill Cosby helped rejuvenate the sitcom genre in the 1980s. It was in the same era that Scott Shannon gave a much-needed boost to Top 40 radio in New York. Shannon was charged with turning an inconsequential signal at 100.3 FM into a flamethrower frequency. WVNJ was playing a mix of beautiful music by day and jazz by night, when Cleveland-based Malrite Communications purchased the station. Studios were in Secaucus, New Jersey, and licensed to Newark, but to make it attractive to listeners across the Lincoln Tunnel, a transmitter was built atop the Empire State Building.
Thirty years ago today, Z100/WHTZ was born. But Shannon knows any birth needs a gestation period.
Tuned In sat down with Shannon recently at his office high above Madison Square Garden. The Hall of Fame broadcaster was initially reticent to discuss the early days of Z100.
“You still have to be respected for what you’re doing today, not what you did yesterday,” Shannon says. “I really don’t spend a lot of time looking in the rear view mirror. If I have a sucky show today, then I feel sucky. I don’t care if I had a great show at Z100 28 years ago. It’s not going to help me.”
The talk radio landscape is about to be rocked by a potentially seismic shift. Politico reports, what many radio insiders expected to be an automatic, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity (right) will take their conservative shows from Cumulus’ WABC to WOR.
Since Clear Channel announced plans to purchase the family-owned Buckley Broadcasting last summer, it was only a matter of time before the highly rated hosts would move to Clear Channel stations, considering the syndicator involved.
Hannity, who does 3-6 p.m., and Limbaugh, who has a noon-3 p.m. show, are distributed by Premiere Networks, a Clear Channel property.
Reportedly, the radio heavyweights contracts with Premiere expire at the end of the year.
The report says WABC is likely to stay in-house to fill at least one of the slots, between Mike Huckabee, and evening hosts Mark Levin and Michael Savage.
Radio lost a legend over the weekend. David “Kidd” Kraddick was a staple of the Dallas airwaves for almost 30 years. He died Saturday at 53. New Yorkers finally got their chance to experience Kraddick’s morning show, when it was featured in Dish Nation, airs nightly on WWOR. The show includes WPLJ’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill. Kraddick and his morning team joined Dish Nation‘s second season in September 2012.
Although not heard in New York, his morning show was syndicated to other markets in the country a dozen years ago.
Local air personalities reacted to his passing.
WKTU morning host Paul “Cubby” Bryant told his followers on Twitter yesterday, “I’m simply stunned waking up to the news of the passing of Kidd Kraddick. We lost one of the great ones.”
Kraddick died in New Orleans at a golf tournament for his Kidd’s Kids, a non-profit group founded to sponsor trips for terminally ill children.
“[I] met him at a couple of conventions,” WCBS-FM’s “Broadway” Bill Lee, tells Tuned In. “He was always ‘fact-finding’ and definitely a nice guy who took his career seriously. Truly sad, a guy with so much to give, gone so young.”
If he keeps this up, we’ll have to call him a radio lifer. Former New York governor David Paterson has been named Curtis Sliwa‘s new afternoon co-host on The Answer 970/WNYM.
Paterson has been in trial mode for the past month from 5 to 7 p.m. with Sliwa. The official announcement reunites VP/GM Jerry Crowley with Paterson, whom he worked for at WOR.
“Curtis and I have a lot of opposite points of view on issues but we are probably two of the leading historians when it comes to radio and music so I have a lot of fun talking with him every day,: Paterson tells Tuned In. “It really makes the two hours we spend fly by.”
Sliwa continues to host mornings on his own.
Paterson was the solo afternoon host on WOR from September 2011 until December 2012.
It’s familiar territory for WLTW-FM. The Clear Channel top-rated station kept its streak alive winning the overall Arbitron PPM ratings for June. LITE-FM slipped .2 to 6.8.
The bigger story is WCBS-FM, creeping ever so close to WLTW. It was a huge month for the Classic Hits favorite with a .6 jump to 6.7, its best showing of the year, and just .1 behind the perennial numero uno.
WBLS continues its dominance at number three, adding .3 for June to 6.2.
WHTZ/Z100 fell .4 to 5.5. There’s a gap until sister station WAXQ arrives in fifth place at 4.5, a slight drop from May. WKTU had a slight improvement to 4.4.
WINS is the news ratings champ with a 4.3, although a .2 setback.
WFAN, maintaining its dual station properties (66 AM and 101.9 FM), gained .2 to 3.0. For those who think WEPN/ESPN 98.7 FM is half as good as the FAN, the ratings would indicate that. ESPN slipped .1 to a 1.5 in the overall litmus test of listeners.
Of note, WNSH, now featuring America’s Morning Show from Nashville, got a .2 boost to 2.1. Also in the Cumulus stable, WPLJ slipped to a 3.1, while WABC took a slight tumble to 2.7.