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Caroline Bermudez Bids Adieu to Morning Zoo

A change is coming to the highly-rated Elvis Duran and the Morning Zoo, based at New York’s Z100/WHTZ and syndicated to Clear Channel stations nationwide.

Carolina Bermudez, a veteran of the show since January 2005, announced today she’s leaving the high-profile gig at the end of June for a future in television.

She arrived at Z100 after a stint at Y100 in Miami.

As part of the job posting for Bermudez’s replacement, Clear Channel seeks candidates who are ”fun, outgoing, be willing to expose their lives on air and be a legitimate team player.”

The ad also wants people very familiar with pop culture.

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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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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Ernie Anastos Returns with Another Edition of Positively Ernie

“I come on the news every night and say ‘good evening,’ and then I proceed to tell people why it’s not.”

And thus, legendary anchorman Ernie Anastos needed an outlet to tell heartwarming, uplifting stories-Positively Ernie was born.

Anastos is pleased that his bosses have embraced the show idea.

“Fox 5 committed to giving me the opportunity to do a number of specials throughout the year,” Anastos says. “I’ve chosen really to focus on this type of program, so they’ve been cooperative and generous.”

The WNYW/Channel 5 anchor brought his trademark smile to the first installment in May.

“The reason that I want to do this is because I feel it’s important to keep this kind of balance and positive kind of information out there,” Anastos tells FishbowlNY. “The last special that I did, I really received a lot of responses.”

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WLTW Wins January; WCBS-FM Closes Gap at Number Two

The new year produces more of the same atop the Arbitron leaderboard.

WLTW/Lite FM holds on to number one in the latest PPM figures.

The Clear Channel Soft Adult Contemporary dropped from the Holiday book bonanza (11.5) to a 7.1.

WCBS-FM registered substantial gains, but remains number two with a 6.5. The gap closes from December, when WLTW had an 8.2, while CBS-FM trailed with a 5.9.

Back to January, WHTZ/z100 kept pace in third with a 4.9.

Another Top 5 mainstay, WKTU had a 4.4, even with the Holiday survey, but down .4 from December.

Tropical WSKQ was fifth with a 4.2, while Classic Rocker WAXQ was next with a steady 3.8.

As for the news stations, WINS led the way, scoring a 3.7, up .5 from the Holiday book.

WCBS-AM edged ahead .1 to 2.9.

And upstart FM News/WEMP saw a slight improvement to .7.

More ratings analysis after the jump

WBLS, involved in a bankruptcy, had a good month—jumping .5 to a 3.5.

Sports talk is dominated by WFAN with a 3.4, up from 3.1 during the Holiday period. WEPN/ESPN 1050 trailed with a 1.3.

Led by Host Dan Taylor, WCBS-FM Wins the Morning

The Dan Taylor-led WCBS-FM morning show has something to celebrate, a winning month! The Classic Hits station grabbed number one in the January Arbitron a.m. drive daypart ratings.

While WCBS-FM has wrestled the overall top spot on occasion from WLTW-FM/Lite FM–it’s a different story on the breakfast beat.

Program director Brian Thomas tells FishbowlNY that this is the first time on top for Taylor’s morning show, which features weatherman Irv “Mr. G” Gikofsky and news reader Deborah Rodriguez, has been number one in New York radio.

“[It's] quite an accomplishment and that would make them one of the best rated in our history.”

That’s high praise from Thomas, as CBS-FM had the iconic Morning Mayor Harry Harrison waking up listeners for more nearly a quarter-century.  

Taylor, a veteran of CBS-FM, was named morning host in 2007 after the station “deflipped” from the jockless Jack format.

The Daily News reports Taylor’s show got 5.6 percent of the audience, while WLTW, WINS, and WHTZ were second with 5 percent.

WCBS-AM was fifth with a 4.6 percent of the audience.

Among the all-important 25 to 54 listeners, WHTZ was tops with a 6.1. WLTW trailed with a 5.0. WPLJ and WINS tied for third with a 4.8.

WCBS-FM tied for sixth place with a 4.1.

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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WLTW Opens Big Lead Over WCBS-FM in December Ratings

WLTW/Lite FM keeps a tight grip on number one in the overall Arbitron PPM ratings. WLTW increased its lead over perennial number two WCBS-FM in December. WLTW edged WCBS-FM by just .3 in November, but WLTW had a 8.2 this month, gaining a 2.3 advantage over CBS-FM.  

Clear Channel’s WHTZ/Z100 maintains number three with a 5.1 for the second straight month. WKTU slipped from 5.0 to 4.8, while sister station WAXQ also lost .2 to 4.1.

CBS’ WWFS/Fresh 102.7 saw gains, jumping .3 to 3.9.

Tropical station WSKQ had a minimal improvement to 3.9.

Cumulus’ WABC had .2 increase to 3.7.

WINS saw a slight drop to 3.4, while WCBS-AM lost .2 to 2.8.

FM Newser 101.9/WEMP had no gains from the previous rating survey, holding steady at .6.

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WKTU Morning Man Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant Re-Ups With Station

Christmas came a bit early for WKTU morning host Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant. The veteran air personality won a healthy contract extension, keeping him as morning host at the Clear Channel station through 2016–a rare feat in today’s economy. He hosts KTU Mornings with Cubby and features sidekick and traffic reporter Cindy Vero.

Bryant took over a.m. drive in 2008. Prior to that, Bryant co-host the syndicated morning show with Whoopi Goldberg from 2006 to 2008.  It was heard on ‘KTU until November 2007.

Bryant first gained popularity in New York at sister station Z100/WHTZ as afternoon jock from 1996 to 2006.

“I’m beyond excited to work with people I love on and off the air for many more years to come,” Bryant says. “Our morning show has the best listeners ever and they are the reason for our success. It’s because of them I get excited each morning to get up early and hit the airwaves.”

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