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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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WEMP Fires Managing Editor Doug O’Brien

The last connection to the old regime at WEMP/FM News 101.9 has been severed. FishbowlNY has learned exclusively that managing editor Doug O’Brien, a veteran of New York radio, was fired.

Earlier this week, we reported that WEMP hired Mark Austin Thomas as the station’s VP/news director.

O’Brien was one of several hires, before the launch last summer, from WINS. He made the move with his wife Catherine Smith. Sources says Smith remains as WEMP anchor.

O’Brien brought his distinct sound to WINS listeners for 14 years. He also worked for WCBS-AM and as news director at WNBC in the mid 1980s.

Although primarily an off-air job at WEMP, O’Brien, who was let go yesterday, occasionally was heard voicing taped features and reporting during severe weather.

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.

More from the monthly ratings after the jump

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WNBC and WINS Among Winners of RTDNA’s Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced its Edward R. Murrow Award winners. The Murrows, presented since 1971, recognize achievements in electronic journalism.

In the large market, radio division, for the region covering New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, 1010 WINS was a winner in the Audio Continuing Coverage category for Hurricane Irene.

WINS is honored for its Use of Sound during the Death of Osama bin Laden.

Sister station WCBS 880 also takes home a plaque. WCBS was selected in the category of Best Audio Newscast for its coverage of Irene last August.

Bloomberg Radio/WBBR won in the Audio News Documentary category for its Stalking a Silent Killer story.

WNYC-AM/FM was the recipient of three awards, including Best Writing.

In large market television division, WNBC/Channel 4 was the only, over-the-air winner. WNBC picked up three Murrows this year: Video Feature Reporting, Video Reporting: Hard News, and Michael DelGuidice for the Use of Video category.

Cablevision’s News 12 Long Island was singled out twice. Reporter Viriginia Huie won for Writing, while the cable channel also was named Best Video News Documentary — Search for a Serial Killer.

Fifty-Year Sportscasting Veteran Spencer Ross Returns to Air at WINS

Spencer Ross (r) with longtime Racing from Roosevelt co-host Stan Bergstein (circa early 1980s)

If you’ve listened to sports on radio in the last half-century, there’s a good chance that the voice you heard was Spencer Ross.

Ross, 71, is undeniably, a New York original. While his contemporary Marv Albert is more famous, Ross has, perhaps, an equally recognizable voice. Both Albert and Ross were proteges of the great Marty Glickman. The late, trailblazing sportscaster often referred to his “students” as the two best basketball announcers he’s ever heard, with Ross proud to say he was given “top billing.”

That delivery is back after a three-year hiatus, doing weekend morning sportscasts on WINS.

“I’m a very active guy, I still run three to five miles, six days a week,” Ross tells FishbowlNY. “I’ve just gone nuts sitting around. I’m not ready for retirement. My voice is what it was and still is.”

This marks a homecoming of sorts for Ross, who got his start on New York radio at WINS in 1969. Along the way, Ross has done play-by-play work for every major team in the New York area except the Mets. Ross is probably most known for a 30-year career with Madison Square Garden, which led various roles for Knicks and Rangers on radio. He left the company three years ago, and is still uneasy talking about the bitter divorce.

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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.

More ratings results after the jump

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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.

Stations Travel to Rome for Archbishop Dolan’s Elevation Next Week

He’s been on the job for less than three years, but next weekend New York’s Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, enjoys the biggest moment of his ecumenical career.

Last month, Dolan was chosen by the Vatican to become a Cardinal. His elevation is scheduled for Saturday, February 18 in Rome.

Dolan won’t be making the trip alone. A contingent of TV and radio reporters is headed to Italy to cover the elevation.

  • WCBS/Channel 2: Anchor Maurice DuBois and reporter Tony Aiello will be in Rome starting at mid-week. Aiello files reports on Wednesday, while DuBois begins on Thurs. Channel 2 covers the elevation ceremony live at 4:30 a.m.
  • WNBC/Channel 4: Weekend anchor David Ushery leaves for Rome on Sunday to take part in the station’s coverage next week.

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Awaiting Sid Rosenberg’s Successor at WINS

It was a one-year contract and Sid Rosenberg fulfilled his obligation to WINS. The sometimes volatile and self-destructive, but talented sportscaster was doing morning updates on WINS.

Rosenberg told Newsday that he wasn’t fired several weeks ago, but simply it was a mutual parting of the ways.

Rosenberg, however, did point out that WINS was not comfortable with him doing the updates from his home in South Florida, where he’s an afternoon radio sports talk host.  Additionally, Rosenberg said that he was no longer happy dealing with the logistical challenges that the early morning shift presented.

Ben Mevorach, WINS news director, tells FishbowlNY that no replacement has been named. “Marc Ernay [of Total Traffic] has been filling in until we make a final decision.”

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