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WLTW Keeps Number One, WCBS-FM Returns to Number Two

Perennial top rated Soft Adult Contemporary WLTW/Lite FM maintains its stranglehold on number one in the latest Arbitron ratings.

Clear Channel’s WLTW remained at 6.6 for a second straight month, but rival WCBS-FM battled back from a third-place tie.

“Competition is getting tighter, so we are very pleased to see CBS-FM bounce back with a 10 percent gain at number two,” Brian Thomas, WCBS-FM program director, tells FishbowlNY.

CBS-FM improves from a 4.9 to a 5.4 and sole possession of second place.

Thomas says the rumored changes for 101.9 will “most likely benefit WAXQ and WCBS-FM the most.”

Meanwhile, WKTU makes gains from last month’s 4.9, but grabs number three at 5.1.

WHTZ/Z100 keeps pace for the second consecutive survey with a 5.0.

Tropical favorite WSKQ continues to jump by leaps and bounds. ‘SKQ added .6 since April (including .3 last month).

Classic rock station WAXQ/104.3 had a slight upgrade to 4.1 for June.

WCBS-AM, despite carrying the New York Yankees, has been on a ratings freefall. After dropping .7 for May, the All-News station gave back another .3 for June. 

More from the radio ratings after the jump

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A Golden Anniversary for the Top 40 Gold Standard–Dan Ingram Joined WABC 50 Years Ago This Weekend

While most people celebrated the nation’s 235th birthday, quickly a radio icon marked a milestone over the weekend.  

Dan Ingram is widely considered the greatest Top 40 DJ of all-time. That’s the consensus of critics, fellow broadcasters, and most important—listeners.

For the 40-something crowd and older, Ingram was appointment radio each afternoon on 77 WABC. He took fans through the heyday of Musicradio in the 1960s and 1970s, and stayed with the station until the music died in 1982. (He and dear friend and colleague Ron Lundy were the last voices heard before WABC flipped to talk radio.)

While being raised in Brooklyn, Charles Hollon idolized Big Dan. Even though Hollon, 42, isn’t in the business, Ingram made an impact on his life.

“For an only child growing up in Bensonhurst, the small toot-a-loop radio that was won on Wonderama, was his world,” Hollon says. “The guy who came on everyday at 2 p.m. with some odd drum-based music that he spoke over was a must.”

After stints at big-time rockers KBOX in Dallas and WIL in St. Louis, the Oceanside, New York native and Hofstra graduate was hired by WABC and the Dan Ingram Show was born on July 3, 1961. (Ingram began filling-in three days earlier) 

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WABC-AM’s John Batchelor Visits Poland This Week

The John Batchelor Show, broadcast nationally from WABC-AM, headed to Poland for special shows on Sunday and Monday night. As Batchelor wrote on his website, he arrived “to attend the annual March of the Living that commemorates the Holocaust and the liquidation of the Krakow Jews.”

Of course, by Sunday night, there was only one topic on everyone’s mind–the death of Osama Bin Laden.  

“The parallels are striking, as John and his guests eloquently reminded us,” Laurie Cantillo, WABC program director, tells FishbowlNY. ”There is still much evil in the world, and we need to be vigilant and informed through thoughtful programs like this.”

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WLTW Widens Lead Over WCBS-FM in March Ratings

WLTW/Lite FM has been an unstoppable force atop the Arbitron monthly PPM overall 6+ rating. The Clear Channel juggernaut is a consistent number one to WCBS-FM’s long-standing number two.

That formula is followed again last month, except that Lite increased its lead over the Classic Hits station.

Lite went from a 7.1 to a 7.6 in March, while CBS-FM, in the oppposite direction, slipped from 5.6 to 5.4.

Z100/WHTZ kept its familiar number three, although also dropping off from 5.3 to 5.1.

It was steady as she goes for Rhythmic Adult Contemporary WKTU (the third Clear Channel station among the Top 4) at a 4.7.

However, Spanish station WSKQ/Mega 97.9 made big gains, jumping from 3.5 to 4.1.

WBLS and WCBS-AM saw no movement in March, both holding at 3.7.

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No Changes Atop the February PPM Ratings: WLTW Maintains Lead; WCBS-FM is Second

WLTW/Lite FM remains the one to beat in the overall (6+ continuous) February PPM Arbitron ratings. The Clear Channel number one mainstay had a 7.1 (up from 6.8 in January). WCBS-FM kept its usual distance at number two, although the Classic Hits station did edge up to a 5.6.

WHTZ/Z100 maintained number three. But the Clear Channel Contemporary Hit Radio station powered up .6 from the previous month to stand at 5.3.

WKTU, also had a big month, moving up to fourth place with a 4.7.

WINS slipped back to 3.8 (from 4.2 in January), while Citadel’s WABC had no gain for the month at 3.7. Joining WABC at 3.7 was WCBS-AM, which had a down February–losing  .7.

More of the ratings after the jump.

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WLTW Maintains Number One in January Ratings, WCBS-FM Closes Gap

It’s still WLTW/Lite FM looking down at the other radio stations. While the January Arbitron ratings show Clear Channel’s Lite FM keeping its number one position, the station did lose some of its gusto from the Christmas survey.

Lite FM scored a 6.8, although not as impressive as the 12.3 during the holiday period.

WCBS-FM, kept at arm’s length, registered a 5.2 (up from 4.8) for second place.

Perennial number three, WHTZ/Z100 jumped slightly to 4.7.

All-news sister stations WCBS-AM and WINS make big gains. WCBS went from a 3.5 to 4.4 in this ratings book, while WINS saw positive improvements from a 3.2 to 4.2.

WKTU wedged between the newsers, slipping to a 4.3.

Citadel-owned WABC also saw nice gains (3.7 from 3.0).

Tropical WSKQ dropped off to 3.3 from a 4.0 the previous month. However, Univision’s WXNY edged up .4 to 2.9.

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CNBC Reports Citadel In Negotiations With Cumulus

There is word today that Citadel Broadcasting, anchored in New York by WABC-AM, is in negotiations to sell itself to Cumulus Media.

CNBC’s David Faber was the first to break the story today.

He says the deal would be at $37 a share, with $30 in cash and the remaining $7 in Cumulus stock.  

CNBC’s Faber adds that in December, Cumulus, led by its CEO Lou Dickie, made an offer of around $31 a share for Citadel, which ultimately was rejected by the company. 

Since then, CNBC’s Faber reports, Citadel has been in what he deems “auction mode.”

CNBC’s Faber says he doesn’t expect the exclusive negotiations to linger for a long period of time.

The closest Cumulus get to reaching New York City is WFAS in Westchester and a pair of a stations in Bridgeport, CT.

WABC Radio Host Mancow Acting on Fox Series

Updating a story we reported on Monday, syndicated radio host and WABC weekend talker Mancow will have a recurring role on the Fox drama The Chicago Code.

Mancow tells Talkers magazine,“Shawn Ryan, the creator of the acclaimed FX series, The Shield, and The Chicago Code is a fan of my radio show,”  Mancow says, “He put me in The Shield and now in The Chicago Code as his good luck charm.  It feels strange to be paid for this, because it’s such an honor and so cool to do!”

Mancow will play himself, a popular talk radio host, in at least three episodes.

The Chicago Code premiered Monday night.

77 WABC Sunday Talker Mancow Joins Cast of Chicago Code

WABC weekend talk radio host Erich Muller, known best as Mancow, is sharpening his acting skills.

Mancow will be a supporting player in the new Fox drama The Chicago Code debuting tonight.

NTS Media Online reports Mancow had been featured on The Shield, which was created by the same person behind Code.

Mancow also had a recurring role on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

Since September, Mancow, who hosts a syndicated daily show based in Chicago, is heard Sunday nights on 77 WABC.

Remembering Ruth Meyer, a Trailblazing New York Radio Programmer

At a time when women were at home playing the role of housewife (think 1950s sitcom standards The Ozzie and Harriet Show and Leave it to Beaver) Ruth Meyer was playing the role of accomplished radio manager.

A disciple of Top 40 pioneer Todd Storz, Meyer, sadly today, is largely a lost figure in the industry—except to those who knew her best.

Hired in 1958, for much of the next decade, no one wielded more influence in the market (including Rick Sklar at top rival WABC) than Meyer as WMCA program director.

Meyer died on January 21. She was 80.

“She was a super person,” Harry Harrison, WMCA midday jock under Meyer, says. “She and Steve Labunski [general manager] brought me to New York at WMCA from Peoria [Illinois]. It was late 1959.” (A saddened Labunski was informed by FishbowlNY of Meyer’s passing.)

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