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Christmas Music Means Another Ratings Win for WLTW

WLTW/Lite FM wasn’t playing the role of Scrooge for the holiday season. Arbitron released the Holiday numbers yesterday for the period from December 8 to January 4, and the Clear Channel powerhouse enjoyed a ratings bonanza. The Soft Adult Contemporary station, which kept its popular holiday tradition playing Christmas music, had an 11.o rating. WLTW had a 8.2 for December.

WCBS-FM made a .3 upgrade to 6.2, but of course was swallowed by the WLTW dominance.

WHTZ/Z100 lost .5 to a 4.6, while sister Clear Channel station WKTU dropped .4 to 4.4.

Tropical WSKQ saw no gains at 3.9.

Rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 retreated .3 to 3.8.

CBS’ WWFS/Fresh 102.7 backed up .4 to 3.5.

WQHT/Hot 97 was one of the few stations with positive numbers–improving .4 to 3.4.

In the battle of the city’s News stations: WINS led the way, despite slipping .2 to 3.2. WCBS Newsradio 88 maintained a 2.8.

However, Merlin Media upstart WEMP lost another .1 to a microscopic .5. Incidentally, the FM station’s CUME dropped from 621,300 to 539,500.

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Clear Channel New York Names Colby Hall Digital Program Director

has been hired by Clear Channel to head the New York unit’s digital division. Hall will oversee the strategy and integration of all digital platforms to promote audience and ratings growth.

Colby Hall

Hall will direct Clear Channel New York’s Intergrated Media Programming Department and oversee all social media activity.

He will also be responsible for creating digital product that is unique and exclusive.

“Digital has long been a core component of Clear Channel Radio New York’s industry-leading brands,” says Cadillac Jack, operations manager, Clear Channel Radio New York. “Colby has a track record as an innovator and I’m excited to have him work alongside our program directors to further develop these brands in the digital space. The digital DNA of our brands paired with the explosive growth of iHeartRadio gives Clear Channel Radio New York an ability to connect with consumers that no other media group can match.”

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NYPD Officer and Radio Journeyman Anxious to Juggle More ‘Jobbies’

In the shadows of the Belt Parkway and the Rockaways sits the historic Floyd Bennett Field. A remnant of an airplane hangar from years gone by, Floyd Bennett Field now houses the Aviation Sports and Events Center, a family fun spot for children of all ages.

The center includes a regulation size skating rink, and since 2009 has been the home to the single-A professional hockey team–the Brooklyn Aviators.  The Aviators play in the Federal Hockey League and are affiliated with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

As with any minor league franchise, players are looking to reach the majors, or find need to find their way back to the big time—the NHL.

The former could apply to the team’s public address announcer Patrick Cosgrave.

At 39, Cosgrave is a 15-year radio veteran, and has several years of p.a. work under his belt.  

“The salary cap for the entire league for the week is $4,000,” Cosgrave tells FishbowlNY. “This is the lowest level of professional hockey.”

Oh, did we mention, Cosgrave is a New York City police officer, working out of Brooklyn South?

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WLTW Holds at Number One for October; WCBS-FM Back to 2nd

It’s another ratings book winner for WLTW/Lite FM, according to the overall Arbitron numbers for October. However, that’s not the full story. The Clear Channel Soft Adult Contemporary juggernaut slipped to 5.7.

WCBS-FM, the longtime bridesmaid in the “post-Jack era,” recaptured the number two slot. CBS-FM actually dropped .2 to a 5.2 for the month.

Clear Channel’s WKTU, last month’s second-place finisher, fell .6 to a 5.0. Sister station WHTZ/Z100 also went backwards–losing .2 to 4.7.

Rocker WAXQ picked up .3 to 4.5 for October, while Inner City’s WBLS also gained .3 to 3.9.

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WLTW Stays on Top, WKTU Pulls Closer in September

The September PPM ratings were just released by Arbitron. WLTW/Lite FM maintain number one, but there’s a rare logjam at the top.

While no loss to the cume (average listenership), WLTW did see the overall rating drop off.  Clear Channel’s Soft Adult Contemporary juggernaut slipped from a 6.2 in August to 5.8.

The steady rise of sister station WKTU is almost complete. The Dance station improved from a 5.2 to 5.6.

No gain for WCBS-FM at 5.4, but now as a third-place radio station.

Z100/WHTZ trended backwards from a 5.1 to 4.9.

However, WINS made the biggest gains of the month, a full point to 4.2.

Rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 was steady as she goes, joining WINS with a 4.2.

As the Yankees made a playoffs push, WCBS-AM took a .2 advantage to 4.1.

More highlights from the radio ratings after the jump.

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9/11: New York Remembers Revisited

In case you missed any of our special feature 9/11: New York Remembers, today we’re observing the 10th anniversary of the tragic day linking back to the entire series.

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WLTW Holds Number One for August; WCBS-FM Recaptures Second Place

WLTW-FM/Lite FM maintains its number one position in the latest overall Arbitron PPM ratings. WLTW improved to a 6.2 rating from a 6.0 in July. However, WCBS-FM (the only non-Clear Channel owned station in the Top 6) made gains, taking over sole possession of second place at 5.4.

WKTU kept pace in August, inching up slightly to a 5.2.

WHTZ/Z100 jumped .2 to 5.1, while Classic Rock station WAXQ/Q 104.3 edged up to 4.2.

Nice gains for Clear Channel’s Urban station Power 105/WWPR with an impressive .6 leap to a 4.0.

WCBS 880 is next on the survey with a 3.9 (4.0 in July).

The August ratings also represent the first for FM News WEMP/101.9. Although it’s hardly a fair sampling, even taking into account their “soft launch,” only the initial five days are included.  The Merlin Media upstart operation managed a 1.1.

By comparison, WRXP’s final rating was a 2.6 in June.  

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Q104 Jock Maria Milito Led Listeners Through ‘Very Emotional’ 9/11 Coverage

As we’ve highlighted over the past several days, throughout September 11, 2001, people were inundated with coverage on their televisions and radios. 

But that radio coverage was not only found on news stations, and within news departments.   

At Classic Rock station Q 104.3/WAXQ, midday disc jockey Maria Milito was starting her day just as millions of others were forced to abruptly end theirs.

FishbowlNY spoke with Milito for our continuing series–9/11: New York Remembers.

“I walked to work while it was happening,” Milito says. “So I didn’t know what was going on.”

Before leaving her home on the West Side for the Midtown studios, Milito had only a slight inkling of trouble brewing, when she learned that a plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m.

But, Milito set out on her 20-minute walk, not giving it much credence—believing it was a rare accident, perhaps caused by the pilot having a heart attack.

“I kept hearing sirens and alarms, and [seeing] all these ambulances,” Milito recalls. “It was just too much at the same time.”

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WLTW Stays Number One in July PPMs, WKTU Jumps to Second

The overall July Arbitron PPM ratings are out, and it is great news for Clear Channel.

As per usual, WLTW/Lite FM is number one. But the perennial top-rated station lost some ground to sister station WKTU.

WKTU actually had the same 5.1 rating for a second straight month, while WLTW fell from a 6.6 to 6.0.

Adding to the Clear Channel triumvirate is WHTZ/Z100.  WHTZ slipped from last month’s 5.0 to a 4.9, but still good enough for a third-place tie.

WCBS-FM saw its second-place stranglehold loosen in July, joining Z100 with a 4.9.

Clear Channel’s WAXQ/Q 104 took up residence at fifth place, holding steady at 4.1.

WCBS-AM and Tropical WSKQ tied for sixth at 4.0.

More highlights from the ratings after the jump

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Gong Show Live Returns to Times Square with Judges Ken Dashow and Leslie Gold

A stage presentation based on the popular 1970s Chuck Barris TV show, Gong Show Live returns to B.B. King’s in Times Square.

The one night only show is at 8 p.m. on August 27.

Producer and judge Leslie Gold holds the rights to stage Gong Show Live in the U.S. through her Radiochick Corporation.

“The original Gong Show’s variety, humor and surprise elements made it not just memorable, but set precedents,” Gold said in a statement. “There’d be no America’s Got Talent, Jersey Shore, Big Brother or other current reality/talent TV shows without The Gong Show. Gong Show Live brings the same format, fun and lunacy of the beloved TV show to an interactive theatrical show, and there’s truly nothing like it.”

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