Wednesday, June 12, 2019

80's oldies and Top 40 bring ratings gold for two Boston stations in May survey.

Beasley Media's 80's oldies WROR  105.7 and Iheart Radio's 40-year Top 40 powerhouse WXKS/Kiss 108 ended up in a tie for first place among all listeners ages 6 and up, according to the May ratings report released Tuesday. Kiss 108 was also top Boston station among 25-54, 18-34 and 18-49 demographics.

Finishing just behind 'ROR and Kiss was Beasley's sports talker WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub overtaking Entercom's adult contemporary WMJX/Magic 106.7 for third place. The stellar performances of the Hub were attributed in large part to Bruins' Stanley Cup run. The Hub's direct competitor Entercom's WEEI 93.7 had a flat month tying for 8th overall, most likely due to defending champions Red Sox stumbling in the early part of the season.

One winner of WBOS' format change from alternative rock to classic rock in mid-April appears to be WXRV 92.5 The River inching up from 15th to tying for 13th and getting the largest audience share since October 2015.

The Nielsen Audio survey ran from April 25 to May 22.

Here are Boston’s top 25 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio in May, followed by format, ownership and average share of listeners age 6 and older for May 2019, May 2018 and May 2017.

Rank Station Owner Owner May 2019 May 2018 May 2017
1 WROR 105.7 Classic Hits Beasley Media Group 7.6 6.2 7.9
1 WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108 CHR iHeartMedia, Inc. 7.6 7.3 6.2
3 WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub Sports Beasley Media Group 7.0 5.9 4.0
4 WMJX 106.7/Magic Adult Contemporary Entercom 6.2 6.3 5.9
5 WZLX 100.7/Boston's Classic Rock Classic Rock iHeartMedia, Inc. 6.0 5.2 5.0
6 WBZ 1030/NewsRadio News/Talk iHeartMedia, Inc. 5.0 5.3 5.6
7 WKLB 102.5/Boston's Hottest Country Country Beasley Media Group 4.4 4.0 5.1
8 WEEI 93.7/Sports Radio Sports Entercom 4.0 4.0 4.7
9 WWBX 104.1/Mix Hot AC Entercom 3.7 3.5 3.8
10 WBQT 96.9/Hot Rhythmic AC Beasley Media Group 3.6 3.4 3.8
11 WBUR 90.9/Boston's NPR News Station News/Talk Boston University 3.5 6.2 4.0
12 WRKO 680/The Voice of Boston Talk iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.7 2.4 2.1
13 WKAF 97.7/Boston's #1 for R&B Urban AC iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.6 3.0 2,0
13 WXRV 92.5/The River Adult Alternative Northeast Broadcasting Company, Inc. 2.6 2.0 1.7
15 WBOS 92.9/Boston's Rock Classic Rock Beasley Media Group 2.4 1.9 2.7
15 WBWL 101.7/The Bull Country iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.4 2.2 2.2
15 WGBH 89.7/Boston Public Radio News/Talk WGBH Educational Foundation 2.4 4.1 4.0
18 WJMN 94.5/Jamn Rhythmic-CHR iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.2 2.3 2.2
19 WODS 103.3/AMP Radio CHR Entercom 2.1 2.1 3.1
20 WXLO 104.5/'XLO Hot AC Cumulus Media, Inc. 2.0 1.2 1.4
21 WAAF 107.3/The Only Station That Really Rocks Rock Entercom 1.8 1.8 2.0
22 WCRB 99.5/Classical Radio Boston Classical WGBH Educational Foundation 1.3 1.5 2.1
23 WCTK 98.1/Cat Country Country Hall Communications, Inc. 1.2 1.1 0.5
24 WERS 88.9/Uncommon Radio Variety Emerson College 0.8 0.8 0.7
25 WGIR 101.1/Rock 101 Rock iHeartMedia, Inc. 0.7 - -

BRW Notebook :

The turntable :  Former WEEI 93.7 FM morning show co-host Kirk Minihane officially has a new job. On Monday, June 17, he will start producing daily podcast called "The Kirk Minihane Show" on Barstool Sports platform. The podcast will be taped live between 7am and 9am and available for download around 11am weekdays. Joining Minihane at Barstool will be Steve Robinson who will produce Minihane's show. Robinson has been producing Howie Carr's regionally syndicated afternoon drive show since November, 2014. (Carr is currently heard on WRKO 680 in Boston). Minihane, who generated high ratings, revenues and frequent controversy to WEEI’s morning show before leaving in November 2018, announced in late May that he no longer worked for Entercom. The company had released him from his contract to produce a show on its Radio.com platform. Minihane first joined WEEI's morning show in 2013 which at the time was co-hosted by Gerry Callahan and John Dennis. In August 2016, Dennis retired from WEEI and the show was renamed "Kirk and Callahan".


After 4 years in the afternoon drive at Beasley's WKLB 102.5, Kevin Kennedy(BRW 3/26/15) has left Boston's top country station to return to his native Atlanta. He was at 'KLB since March 2015.

On June 3rd, Beasley Media Group had introduced Adam 12 as its new midday host on its ROCK 92.9.  He most recently served as an on-air host, imaging director and social media director at on-line station Indie617. He is best known for his on-air work at defunct terrestrial and on-line rockers WFNX 101.7(2009-'12), WBCN 104.1(2003-'09), RadioBDC(2012-2018). WBOS/Rock 92.9 replaced Alt 92.9 on April 11th. As a result of WBOS changing its format, station's previous midday personality Amy Brooks and music director Joel Weiss had exited. Weiss was recently named  as music director/assistant program director at alternative KCJK/X105.1 and Top 40 KCHZ/95-7 THE VIBE) in Kansas City market.

After 6 years as assistant program director at WMJX/Magic 106.7, Morgan Prue has moved over to 80's oldies WROR 105.7 to become its new assistant program director in mid-March. 

In mid-April, Entercom had named radio veteran Karen "The Madam" Blake as the new afternoon drive host for WMJX Magic 106.7 FM. Blake is heard on air, weekdays from 3pm. to 8pm. She replaces another veteran, Mark Laurence, who retired on March 31. The move marked Blake’s return to Boston after serving as morning drive host for WQRC on Cape Cod for the last five years. Prior to her time at WQRC on the Cape, Blake served seven years as host of the morning and afternoon drives at Oldies 103.3 (now103.3 AMP Radio). From 1999 to 2005, Blake hosted the morning drive show for WQSX 93.7(now WEEI 93.7). She had also hosted shows on WJMN 94.5/WZOU 94.5 and WKLB 105.7 in the 80's and 90's.

As of June 10th, Tiziana Dearing is the new host of “Radio Boston”(3pm-4pm) on WBUR 90.9, the station announced last week. "Radio Boston" launched in May 2010. Dearing takes over for Meghna Chakrabarti, who left “Radio Boston” to co-host the WBUR-produced NPR show “On Point”(10am-Noon) with David Folkenflik last August. In other WBUR news, Tonya Mosley has been named as 3rd co-host of "Here and Now"(Noon-2pm). She starts on August 5th.

Jim McKay is the new midday anchor at WBZ 1030/NewsRadio.  The South Shore native who started his radio career as an intern with Karlson and McEnzie morning show on WZLX 100.7 had spent last years as anchor at SiriusXM Fox News Radio channel in NYC. Also, at WBZ, Josh Binswanger left station's morning drive in mid-March. He was replaced by Jeff Brown who moved up from afternoon drive to co-anchor with Deb Lawler.

In late March, Iheart's WJMN/Jamn 94-5 debuted the “Ashlee & The New JAM’N Morning Show” replacing the syndicated "Breakfast Club" after three years. Ashlee Feldman most recently served as afternoon-drive host for JAM’N 94.5. Feldman, a graduate of Northeastern University was previously JAM’N’s morning show co-host from February 2013(BRW 1/28/13) to May 2016(BRW 5/12/16), when The Breakfast Club was installed.

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