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May Ratings Recap: WLTW Increases Overall Lead, WCBS-FM Holds Second

While the big story of the May Arbitron ratings was the performance of WBLS and ESPN/WEPN, there was more to analyze.

Starting at the top, WLTW/Lite FM, once again sets the tempo. The Clear Channel Adult Contemporary picked up an additional .6 to settle at 8.1.

WCBS-FM, the perennial number two overall, stayed put, although dropping slightly from April to 6.3.

WHTZ/Z100 remains third, but saw a nice .4 boost from last month. Sister station WKTU, however, went in the other direction, losing .3 to 4.4.

Spanish station WSKQ maintains its strong following, gaining .4 to 4.3.

Clear Channel has two more slots in the Top 8 positions–WAXQ/Q 104.3 held steady at 3.7, while WWPR/Power 105.1 had a minimal improvement to 3.4.

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Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, Dead at 63

She was the person, arguably, most associated with the Disco era. Donna Summer, known as the Queen of Disco, died today after battling cancer. She was 63.

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer had a string of hits including, Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, On the Radio, and No More Tears with Barbra Streisand. In the 1980s, Summer kept the music playing with She Works Hard for the Money and Unconditional Love, featuring Musical Youth.

WCBS-FM jock Joe Causi has been playing her tracks for years, dating back to his days at Disco 92/WKTU.

“[I'm] still in shock over the passing of Donna Summer,” Causi tells FishbowlNY. ”She was a ‘major’ part of my passion for dance music in the clubs and on the radio. Her music was magical, constantly reinventing herself with every album of music she has given us.”

Summer notched her first number one single in the U.S. with MacArthur Park in 1978. That same year, she got a starring role in the Disco flick Thank God It’s Friday, where she sang her signature, Last Dance.

“Artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and other pop superstars should pause for a moment and recollect on the originator,” Causi says.

Summer is survived by her husband, Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

(VIDEO) Forty Years in Radio for WCBS-FM’s ‘Broadway’ Bill Lee, Who Says the DJ is ‘Just About Gone’

WCBS-FM jock “Broadway” Bill Lee has been a mainstay on afternoons since 2007. The veteran New York DJ is a classic air personality celebrating his 40th year in the business.

Lee, 60, maintains the same high energy that he has infused on-air for several decades.  With Lee, every time he cracks the mic it’s a treat for listeners, having fun with as few words as possible, while keeping the music moving. But a key ingredient for his good times is standing up.

“I had to sit down, and these guys [at CBS-FM] had stomachs out to here, so they had the chairs really low,” Lee jokes. “I was really in hell.”

Lee couldn’t be himself on-air until a temporary stand-up studio was built at the station’s complex on West 57th Street. In 2009, CBS-FM headed south to Hudson Street and the state-of-the-art facilities for the New York cluster of stations.

“This is fabulous,” Lee tells FishbowlNY. “The nice part about this buildup is you’ve got all these stations together and all these people together make it just about the same size staff that an old radio station used to be. It’s very cool.”

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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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Veteran ‘Disco 92′ Jock Carlos DeJesus Passes Away

At the height of Disco in the late 1970s, WKTU was a top radio station in New York. It’s Disco 92 had famed personalities like Al Bandiero and “Fast” Freddie Colon.

Another person synonymous with Disco 92 is Carlos DeJesus

“I worked with him for many years at KTU,” WCBS-FM DJ Joe Causi tells FishbowlNY. “[A] good guy and a good friend. Besides KTU, I often co-hosted New York Hot Tracks with him.”

Tony Santiago is the coordinator of the New York Dance Coalition.

“The one thing about Carlos is he made you feel like part of the whole era,” Santiago tells FishbowlNY. ”He made you feel like you were part of the experience.”  

Santiago says his persona on radio and TV was easy-going and pleasant.  

DeJesus was the first host of New York Hot Tracks, an early music video showcase on WABC/Channel 7, from 1983 to 1986.

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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Time to Pick the Best Radio Team in New York

First, we had the poll showing Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons were the all-time number one anchor team in your hearts. Now,  it’s time to choose the best radio team in New York City. Whether in news (several tandems from Newsradio 880), sports (Mike and the Mad Dog), or morning teams (Dr. Dre´ and Ed Lover; Scott and Todd) 

As always, you can add any additional selections below. The poll closes Thursday at 6 p.m. We’ll have the results on Friday.

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.

More ratings highlights after the jump.

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WKTU Offers Chance to Win Jets/Giants Tickets

As the Jets and Giants battle to secure a playoff spot, they battle each other this weekend.

WKTU has a unique contest for listeners. This week, the Clear Channel Dance station is giving away a pair of tickets to the big game on Christmas Eve. Oh, did we mention, the winner gets to watch the Battle of New York from the owner’s box with Woody and Suzanne Johnson?

Fans interested in this rare opportunity can visit the ‘KTU Facebook page and share in 103 words or less, why they should be chosen.

The winner will be announced by Suzanne Johnson this Friday during the KTU Mornings with Cubby.

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