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January 2020 (1/2 – 1/29) Nielsen Audio PPM Ratings Day 3: News/Talkers Impeached To Big...

January 2020 (1/2 – 1/29) Nielsen Audio PPM Ratings Day 3: News/Talkers Impeached To Big… Day 3 of Nielsen Audio’s PPM releases are now available for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. All the numbers can be found at RadioInsight.com/Ratings. Noteworthy numbers in today’s markets include: The Senate’s Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump brought some big gains to News/Talk stations in multiple markets. iHeartMedia’s 700 WLW Cincinnati was up 7.1 to 8.1, 610 WTVN Columbus surged 6.1 to 8.0, and 1530 KFBK/93.1 KFBK-FM Sacramento was up to 5.9 to 8.6 and a share of the market lead. Other News/Talkers were up but mostly rebounding to the December levels after dropping in the Holiday book like Cox Media Group’s 96.5 WDBO-FM Orlando going 4.0 – 3.3 – 4.1, Entercom’s 98.1 KMBZ-FM Kansas City going 5.3 – 4.6 – 5.6,…


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January 2020 (1/2 – 1/29) Nielsen Audio PPM Ratings Day 4: Rickey Smiley Fuels Radio One...

January 2020 (1/2 – 1/29) Nielsen Audio PPM Ratings Day 4: Rickey Smiley Fuels Radio One… The fourth and final day of Nielsen Audio’s PPM releases bring Austin, Raleigh/Durham, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. All the numbers can be found at RadioInsight.com/Ratings. Numbers of note include: The move of the Rickey Smiley Show to Radio One’s R&B stations following the end of the Tom Joyner Morning Show to kick off 2020, appears to be paying immediate dividends there, but also harming the Hip Hop stations the show was moved off. In Indianapolis, R&B 106.7 WTLC-FM rose 5.2 to 5.8, while Hip Hop “Hot 96.3” WHHH dropped 3.7 to 2.7. In Raleigh/Durham, R&B “Foxy 107/104” WFXC/WFXK returned to #1 in the market with a 7.2 to 8.7 rise, but Hip Hop “K97.5” WQOK slid 6.3 to 5.1 with the new “Morning Hustle” anchoring…


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The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Bring Out the Worst in Trump

The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Bring Out the Worst in TrumpWhen a senior White House aide would brief President Donald Trump in 2018 about an Ebola-virus outbreak in central Africa, it was plainly evident that hardships roiling a far-flung part of the world didn’t command his attention. He was zoning out. “It was like talking to a wall,” a person familiar with the matter told me.Now a new coronavirus that originated in China is confronting him with a potential pandemic, a problem that Trump seems ill-prepared to meet. A crisis that is heading into its third month could draw out every personal and managerial failing that the president has shown to this point. Much of what he’s said publicly about the virus has been wrong, a consequence of downplaying any troubles on his watch. He has long stoked fears that foreigners entering the United States bring disease. Now he may double…


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The Media Unfair to Warren? Think Again.

The Media Unfair to Warren? Think Again.Earlier this month, as Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign was disappearing into a sinkhole, her camp identified the origin of its misfortunes. It was the press.“Elizabeth hasn’t been getting the same kind of media coverage as candidates she outperformed,” a fundraising email to her supporters read. “We can’t count on the media to cover our campaign fairly, so we’re taking our case directly to voters.”The Nation’s Joan Walsh elaborated on the theme, calling the perceived diminution of coverage the “erasure” of Elizabeth Warren, and her supporters told the New York Times that the press was neglecting her because 1) she is a female candidate and 2) it had overweighed the Iowa and New Hampshire results in making its coverage calculations. At Esquire, Charles P. Pierce made a similar accusation. Meanwhile, Twitter has been brimming daily with outrage over Warren’s alleged erasure.Does the Warren campaign have…


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Decoding the Wild Card of the 2020 Election

Decoding the Wild Card of the 2020 ElectionPHILADELPHIA—The Rev. Sonya Riggins-Furlow, a 63-year-old pastor at Butler Memorial Baptist Church, is worrying a lot about turnout these days. Not in her pews but at the polls. Voting trends in the Grays Ferry neighborhood, a majority African American area undergoing gentrification, make her fear that Election Day 2008 —when people were lined up around the block to get into polling sites—might have been an aberration and that when it matters most this November, few will show up. She saw what happened in 2016, when the same voting locations were eerily quiet. Her parishioners and neighbors were registered, she says, but didn’t cast their ballot because they lacked enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate.“My parents, they were coming out of that generation of the ’60s and the civil rights movement and you voted,” she says. “Now people just don’t get it. They look at…


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The Ticket: The Unlearned Lessons of 2016, With Katy Tur

The Ticket: The Unlearned Lessons of 2016, With Katy TurAs Democrats slugged it out in Las Vegas this week, the president undermined the Justice Department in Washington.News anchor Katy Tur—and everyone else covering politics—has had to constantly switch gears between two stories: a crowded primary of challengers working to overtake one another, and a post-impeachment White House emboldened to break yet more democratic norms. But when the general election arrives, and the two stories merge, will the fourth estate be up to the task?“I don’t think we in the news media have figured out how to cover Donald Trump,” Tur told Isaac Dovere on the latest episode of The Ticket: Politics From The Atlantic. Listen to the full episode here:Subscribe to The Ticket: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher (How to Listen)Tur covered the Trump campaign in 2016. She also grew up in a family that changed television news (or…


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