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WLTW Expands Overall Ratings Lead for February

Not to be redundant, but it’s another winning month for WLTW/Lite-FM.

The Clear Channel number one mainstay kept residence in its familiar spot with a 7.6 in the overall Arbitron ratings. That’s a .4 boost from January.

By contrast, WCBS-FM slipped to a 6.2 in the current PPM.

WBLS also dropped by .2 to 5.5, while WHTZ/Z100 lost .3 to 5.1.

WINS was next with 4.7, a .2 gain. Sister station WCBS 880 also saw a .2 upgrade to 3.8.

The big news is tracking NASH-FM/WNSH, the city’s first Country station in more than 15 years. NASH in its first full ratings survey notched a 1.6. Just below NASH was ESPN’s WEPN-FM at 1.3, a drop from 1.6. More dramatically, ESPN has lost a point since November.

WFAN-FM kept its distance from its rival. But the ‘FAN, which simulcasts on 660 AM and 101.9 FM, had an uncharacteristic drop of 1.2 to 2.5 for February.

There’s more from the monthly ratings after the jump.

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Carol Miller Takes Readers on a Lifetime Journey of Cancer, Family, and Rock Radio

When legendary rock jock Carol Miller was approached to write her memoirs, she knew it couldn’t be a tell-all book. But the introspective broadcaster would have to open up about her life. She agreed and Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio by Ecco Press was created. The autobiography has two recurring themes: her serious health problems, that were hereditary, and the lighter dalliances with famous rockers.

Miller has been part of New York radio at WNEW-FM, WPLJ and WAXQ/Q 104.3 since the Watergate scandal grew forty years ago this summer.

Related: FishbowlNY, Q104.3′s Carol Miller ‘Just as Enthusiastic’ After Nearly 40 Years in New York Radio

“I realized if I was going to do it that I would have to get more personal,” Miller tells FishbowlNY. “But on the other hand, I really didn’t feel that I, for the most part, had to say anything embarrassing.”

When a sensitive topic was broached, an alleged case of sexual harassment by a program director, she left out the name.

Miller made the decision to create a cultural chronicle through her eyes of the last half of the 20th Century.

“It was about a person from a particular ethnic background, who jumps right into the frying pan with the media and everything that’s going on in this country,” Miller says.

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WLNY, Clear Channel Part of Huge Sandy Relief 12/12/12 Concert

In today’s world, mega events are televised via pay-per-view, usually at a steep price.

This time, however, we’re all in luck.

The concert for Sandy relief was organized in the days after the devastating superstorm. It takes place on the symmetric December 12, 2012–12/12/12–and is benefiting the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

An estimated 2 billion people worldwide will have live access to the show from Madison Square Garden. MSG Network is among the 34 outlets in the U.S. giving viewers a front-row seat.

WCBS will air the star-studded event on its sister station, WLNY–TV 10/55. WNET/Channel 13 is also scheduled to simulcast the show.

There are multiple other locations for fans, including HBO, Bloomberg, AMC, and IFC.

For those not able to watch the telecast, Clear Channel is the radio home of the 12-12-12 concert. Listeners can take their pick of any New York Clear Channel station (Z100/WHTZ, Lite FM, WLTW, Power 105.1/WWPR, Q104.3/WAXQ, and 103.5 WKTU).

The concert will also be shown live and free in select movie theaters that in the heart of Sandy.

The show starts Wednesday night at 7:30, and is expected to run at least four hours.

Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, and The Who are just a small list of headliners on the program.

WLTW Holds at First Place; WBLS Leaps to Second in August PPM

The big news of the August PPM is all about WBLS. The Urban Adult Contemporary station is finding new life since the ESPN/KISS FM deal in April. WBLS, now the only game in town for that format, jumped to number two, up .4 to 6.3.

Despite the great WBLS showing, WLTW continues to rule the radio roost. The Clear Channel heavyweight added a .1 to 7.0, but Lite-FM lost a chunk of its lead to ‘BLS in the latest Arbition figures.

WBLS’ good fortune means a backtracking for perennial number two, WCBS-FM. The Classic Hits station slipped into a third-place tie with WHTZ/Z100. However, the two stations got there in slightly different scenarios. CBS-FM gained .2, while Z100 lost .2 for the month.

The homecoming of WRXP to Merlin Media’s Alternative Rocker at 101.9 reaped the rewards. The station shot up a full ratings point to a 1.6.

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Clear Channel to Purchase WOR Radio

Clear Channel has announced plans to purchase the venerable AM news/talker WOR 710 from Buckley Radio. Terms of the agreement were not released. A mandatory meeting was held this morning at WOR informing staffers of the dramatic, if not somewhat expected news.

The legendary WOR goes back to the origins of radio, 1922. Since its founding, WOR has had a longstanding commitment to technology and innovation; it was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna to increase the scope and range of its broadcast, was the first AM radio station in New York to broadcast with HD radio technology and is one of the best radio broadcast signals in the U.S.

Change seemed to be on the horizon for Buckley Radio, a “mom and pop” ownership, when president Rick Buckley died after 40 years at the helm in July 2011. Buckley had succeeded his father as head of Buckley Radio.

“WOR is an iconic New York City brand with a rich history and an exciting future,” John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, says.  “Clear Channel is excited to add WOR as a powerful, high potential complement to our New York brands.  We believe WOR makes our already incredible platform even more interesting for listeners, advertisers, and strategic partners and we look forward to the tremendous potential WOR adds to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York.”

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June PPMs: WLTW Keeps Top Spot, WHTZ Moves into Second

Without any fanfare, it’s a typical month for WLTW/Lite FM. The Adult Contemporary giant was number one in the just-released overall PPM ratings for June.

Lite FM saw its huge numbers dwindle from May (8.1 to 7.7). But the station maintained its 5,600,000 cume (audience).

A surprise at number two, where WLTW sister station WHTZ/Z100 made a nice .5 leap.

Despite only slipping .1 for June, WCBS-FM fell from its usual second-place perch. The Classic Hits format, now under the direction of longtime WLTW programmer Jim Ryan, finds a home in third.

It’s the second ratings book for WBLS since the Urban station gave a voice to several displaced KISS FM/WRKS personalities following ESPN’s takeover of the 98.7 frequency.

WBLS had a fourth-place showing, with only a minimal drop off to 5.6.

As for ESPN/WEPN, the all-sports station lost .2 to 1.6 in the overall ratings. By contrast, rival WFAN improved slightly to 3.3.

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WLTW Takes April PPM; KISS Closes Shop in Fifth

As the adage goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That could have been written about WLTW/Lite FM and its ratings prowess.

Once again, the Clear Channel heavyweight was tops on the overall PPM Arbitron ratings for April by maintaining a 7.5 rating for the second straight month.

WCBS-FM, which last week announced programmer Brian Thomas is leaving to run the CBS Radio cluster in Tampa, kept its number two position by posting a slight gain to 6.4.

The number three and four stations are familiar dwellers as well. Clear Channel sister stations WHTZ/Z100 was third with a .4 boost to 5.6. WKTU marked time at fourth by again registering a 4.7.

It was a strong finish for KISS FM/WRKS, jumping to fifth place with a 4.0. Last month, ESPN/Disney took over the Emmis’ 98.7 FM frequency.

More from the monthly radio ratings after the jump.

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Remembering Progressive Rock Pioneer, Pete Fornatale Dead at 66

Pete Fornatale, the man at the forefront of the progressive radio movement on FM in the late 1960s died yesterday after complications from a stroke at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center. He was 66.

Fornatale was an institution in New York radio, and at Fordham University’s WFUV. The Bronx native graduated in 1967 with a B.A. in Communication Arts. Fornatale remained on the school’s station until 1969. His future would soon be tied to WNEW-FM, with two decades at the station that long billed itself as the place “where rock lives!”

Another legendary air personality, Dennis Elsas worked with Fornatale at both stations. He was at the microphone yesterday informing listeners of Fornatale’s passing. Their friendship started 45 years ago. Still a student at Queens College, and working for the school’s radio station, Elsas found Fornatale by mistake on his alarm clock.

“I really enjoyed the show,” Elsas tells FishbowlNY. “…That accidentally hearing of his show, and liking what I heard, was the formation of a relationship, and we quickly saw that we had a lot in common.”

Fornatale had a misstep when he attempted to join WNEW in 1967, as he recalled to me in 2009.

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The Radio Ratings Leaderboard Looks All Too Familiar as WLTW Wins Again

Chalk up another victory for WLTW/Lite FM. The Adult Contemporary powerhouse ranked first again in the monthly PPM Arbitron ratings.

WLTW kept its huge audience with a 7.5 rating, a .2 increase from the previous month.

Top competitor WCBS-FM remained a consistent number two in the overall ratings for March. The Classic Hits station, though, lost .3 for the month to 6.3.

Clear Channel’s Z100/WHTZ held third place, and maintained a 5.2 rating for the second straight survey. Sister station WKTU got a .3 boost to 4.7 for March.

Popular Tropical station WSKQ has a slight increase to 3.9. The city’s other Spanish formatted station, WXNY, registered a 3.5 again.

WRKS/KISS FM made a slight gain to 3.8, while Classic Rocker WAXQ slipped to a 3.8.

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WLTW is Still the One in February Ratings

Clear Channel powerhouse WLTW/Lite FM maintains its top spot in the monthly ratings.

Lite FM not only held number one in the February Arbitron ratings, the Soft Adult Contemporary added .2 to 7.3 for the month.

Perennial number two, WCBS-FM moved up slightly to 6.6.

WHTZ/Z100 had a .3 gain for February to 5.2, sister station WKTU kept pace at 4.4, while Clear Channel rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 minimal improvement to 3.9.

Spanish station WSKQ dropped .4 to 3.8, while Tropical formatted WXNY saw a .3 upgrade to 3.5.

A pair of stations were next on the survey, both improving from 3.4 to 3.7–CBS’ Fresh 102.7/WWFS and Emmis’ KISS FM/WRKS.

A check of News/Talk stations, WINS was king, despite losing .2 to 3.5. Cumulus’ WABC lost .2 to 3.0. WCBS-AM fell slightly to 2.8.

And then there’s the FM newser WEMP. February marks six months since 101.9 started it’s experimental programming. The station holds at a minuscule .7 for a second straight month.

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