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July PPMs, Day 1: AC Remains Strong, But The Classics Are On The Move.

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While adult contemporary stations were knocked off their perches in two of the eight non-embedded markets covered in Day 1 of Nielsen's July 2022 PPMs (measurement period from June 23-July 20), ACs still finished in the top two in five, and top three in seven, of these eight. Meanwhile, classic rock or classic hits stations can make that top-three claim for six of the eight markets, where four classic rock and three classic hits outlets are thriving. In the top three markets, AC and classic rock-or-hits stations rank number one or number two, and in New York AC, classic rock and classic hits rank 1-2-3.

For Day 1, the leaderboard shows two crowns each for adult contemporary and classic hits, and one each for classic rock, news/talk, urban AC and Spanish regional Mexican.

New York (1)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221WLTW‑FM  Adult Cont.6.16.46.02WAXQ‑FM  Classic Rock4.55.45.83WCBS‑FM  Classic Hits6.75.65.74WBLS‑FM  Urban AC5.55.35.45WSKQ‑FM  Tropical4.55.15.0JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

Talk about close sisters: as iHeartMedia AC “106.7 Lite FM” WLTW digs in for a second straight month, it's just two-tenths of a share point ahead of iHeart's classic rock “Q104.3” WAXQ, last ranked this high in September 2020. And only 0.1 behind Q in third is May's leader, Audacy classic hits WCBS-FM, while the former champ during the first four months of 2022, MediaCo urban AC WBLS, stays ranked fourth. Fifth again is SBS Spanish tropical “Mega 97.9” WSKQ. Station to watch: Red Apple Media talk WABC, back in the top 10 and up a full share point as it moves from 11th to seventh (3.1-4.1).

Los Angeles (2)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221KRTH‑FM  Classic Hits4.95.55.52KOST‑FM  Adult Cont.6.56.05.43KBIG‑FM  Hot AC5.65.25.34KLVE‑FM  Adult Cont.4.24.44.95KFI‑AM  Talk5.04.34.5JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

After an even-dozen consecutive measurement periods flying the flag at number one, iHeart AC KOST gives it up to Audacy classic hits “K-Earth 101” KRTH, last the La-La-leader – albeit, tied with KOST – in August 2021. That lead over KOST, however, is just one-tenth of a point, and KOST itself is just 0.1 ahead of iHeart hot AC sister “104.3 MyFM” KBIG. Univision Spanish contemporary “K-Love 107.5” KLVE holds in fourth while iHeart news/talk KFI, tied for fifth in June, is alone there this time out.

Chicago (3)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221WDRV‑FM  Classic Rock6.06.86.12WLIT‑FM  Soft AC5.34.65.43WBEZ‑FM  News/Talk4.84.65.14WVAZ‑FM  Urban AC5.45.05.15WBBM‑AM  News4.75.04.6JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

Hubbard Radio classic rock “The Drive” WDRV/WWDV is in cruise control with a third consecutive month at the top, while in second with its best showing since Santa came to town is iHeart soft AC “Lite FM” WLIT. Tied for third are two former number-ones in '22, news/talk pubcaster WBEZ and iHeart urban AC “V103” WVAZ, which also tied for the lead in February. Audacy news WBBM/WCFS, which tied V103 at the top in January, moves from second to fifth. Station to watch: Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN, moving into the top 10 from 15th, from 2.6 to 3.3.

San Francisco (4)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221KQED‑FM  News/Talk5.96.48.02KCBS‑AM  News6.26.36.23KOIT‑FM  Adult Cont.6.86.96.24KISQ‑FM  Soft AC4.44.05.05KIOI‑FM  Hot AC3.73.43.4JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

News/talk pubcaster KQED, the city-by-the-bay's champ for the first four months of 2022, re-takes the throne with a commanding 8.0 share. In a tie for second are Audacy news KCBS/KFRC and the leader in May and June, Bonneville AC KOIT. iHeart claims fourth and fifth with soft AC “The Breeze” KISQ and hot AC “Star 101.3” KIOI, the latter moving into the top five from a tie for seventh in June.

Dallas-Ft. Worth (5)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221KLNO‑FM  Reg. Mexican6.67.45.92KZPS‑FM  Classic Rock5.35.05.63KDGE‑FM  Adult Cont.4.44.65.04KLUV‑FM  Classic Hits4.04.04.55WBAP‑AM  News/Talk3.64.04.5JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

It's a sixth consecutive month on top for Univision Spanish regional Mexican “Que Buena” KLNO, although it's now just 0.3 ahead of the runner-up for all that time, iHeart classic rock “Lone Star 92.5” KZPS. iHeart AC sister “Star 102.1” KDGE holds at third while both Audacy classic hits KLUV and Cumulus Media news/talk WBAP, tied for sixth in June, move to a tie for fourth in July. Station to watch: Audacy Spanish regional Mexican “La Grande 107.5” KMVK, up 0.7 to move from 13th to seventh (3.2-3.9).

Houston-Galveston (6)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221KODA‑FM  Adult Cont.7.17.78.02KMJQ‑FM  Urban AC5.55.75.73KSBJ‑FM  Cont. Christ.5.55.25.74KGLK‑FM  Classic Rock5.55.35.65KTBZ‑FM  Mod/Alt Rock6.26.65.5JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

iHeart AC “Sunny 99.1” KODA makes it a 16th straight measurement period at the top, 2.3 share points ahead of Urban One urban AC “Majic 102.1” KMJQ and contemporary Christian pubcaster KSBJ, which move from fourth and sixth respectively to tie for second. Cox Media Group classic rock “The Eagle 106.9/107.5” KGLK/KHPT finishes fourth, while iHeart modern/alternative rock “94.5 The Buzz” KTBZ slips from second to fifth.

Atlanta (7)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221WSRV‑FM  Classic Hits8.69.711.02WALR‑FM  Urban AC6.56.76.83WSB‑FM  Adult Cont.6.06.36.34WAMJ‑FM  Urban AC6.15.55.75WSB‑AM  News/Talk6.05.75.7JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

While it's the same top five stations, and in mostly the same order, as in June, year-long leader CMG classic hits “The River” WSRV takes a wider lead – 4.2 share points - over urban AC sister “Kiss 104.1” WALR. CMG AC “B98.5” WSB-FM remains in third, while Urban One urban AC “Majic 107.5/97.5” WAMJ and CMG news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM tie for fifth. Station to watch: City of Atlanta Board of Education news/talk WABE, gaining 0.9 as it moves from 11th to eighth (2.9-3.8).

Philadelphia (9)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221WDAS‑FM  Urban AC6.88.08.52WMMR‑FM  Rock7.48.28.43WMGK‑FM  Classic Rock7.07.36.94WBEB‑FM  Adult Cont.5.35.55.55WOGL‑FM  Classic Hits5.25.45.1JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

After a couple of months finishing second or third, iHeart urban AC WDAS-FM returns to the top in Philly in a photo finish, just a tenth of a point ahead of May and June's champ, Beasley Media Group rocker WMMR. Beasley classic rock sister WMGK and Audacy AC “B101.1” WBEB stay ranked at third and fourth, respectively, while Audacy classic hits “Big 98.1” WOGL, tied for fifth in June, has the spot all to itself. Station to watch: iHeart urban contemporary “Power 99” WUSL, up 0.8 (2.8-3.6) to move into the top 10.

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July PPMs, Day 1: AC Remains Strong, But The Classics Are On The Move.

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While adult contemporary stations were knocked off their perches in two of the eight non-embedded markets covered in Day 1 of Nielsen's July 2022 PPMs (measurement period from June 23-July 20), ACs still finished in the top two in five, and top three in seven, of these eight. Meanwhile, classic rock or classic hits stations can make that top-three claim for six of the eight markets, where four classic rock and three classic hits outlets are thriving. In the top three markets, AC and classic rock-or-hits stations rank number one or number two, and in New York AC, classic rock and classic hits rank 1-2-3.

For Day 1, the leaderboard shows two crowns each for adult contemporary and classic hits, and one each for classic rock, news/talk, urban AC and Spanish regional Mexican.

New York (1)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221WLTW‑FM  Adult Cont.6.16.46.02WAXQ‑FM  Classic Rock4.55.45.83WCBS‑FM  Classic Hits6.75.65.74WBLS‑FM  Urban AC5.55.35.45WSKQ‑FM  Tropical4.55.15.0JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

Talk about close sisters: as iHeartMedia AC “106.7 Lite FM” WLTW digs in for a second straight month, it's just two-tenths of a share point ahead of iHeart's classic rock “Q104.3” WAXQ, last ranked this high in September 2020. And only 0.1 behind Q in third is May's leader, Audacy classic hits WCBS-FM, while the former champ during the first four months of 2022, MediaCo urban AC WBLS, stays ranked fourth. Fifth again is SBS Spanish tropical “Mega 97.9” WSKQ. Station to watch: Red Apple Media talk WABC, back in the top 10 and up a full share point as it moves from 11th to seventh (3.1-4.1).

Los Angeles (2)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221KRTH‑FM  Classic Hits4.95.55.52KOST‑FM  Adult Cont.6.56.05.43KBIG‑FM  Hot AC5.65.25.34KLVE‑FM  Adult Cont.4.24.44.95KFI‑AM  Talk5.04.34.5JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

After an even-dozen consecutive measurement periods flying the flag at number one, iHeart AC KOST gives it up to Audacy classic hits “K-Earth 101” KRTH, last the La-La-leader – albeit, tied with KOST – in August 2021. That lead over KOST, however, is just one-tenth of a point, and KOST itself is just 0.1 ahead of iHeart hot AC sister “104.3 MyFM” KBIG. Univision Spanish contemporary “K-Love 107.5” KLVE holds in fourth while iHeart news/talk KFI, tied for fifth in June, is alone there this time out.

Chicago (3)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221WDRV‑FM  Classic Rock6.06.86.12WLIT‑FM  Soft AC5.34.65.43WBEZ‑FM  News/Talk4.84.65.14WVAZ‑FM  Urban AC5.45.05.15WBBM‑AM  News4.75.04.6JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

Hubbard Radio classic rock “The Drive” WDRV/WWDV is in cruise control with a third consecutive month at the top, while in second with its best showing since Santa came to town is iHeart soft AC “Lite FM” WLIT. Tied for third are two former number-ones in '22, news/talk pubcaster WBEZ and iHeart urban AC “V103” WVAZ, which also tied for the lead in February. Audacy news WBBM/WCFS, which tied V103 at the top in January, moves from second to fifth. Station to watch: Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN, moving into the top 10 from 15th, from 2.6 to 3.3.

San Francisco (4)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221KQED‑FM  News/Talk5.96.48.02KCBS‑AM  News6.26.36.23KOIT‑FM  Adult Cont.6.86.96.24KISQ‑FM  Soft AC4.44.05.05KIOI‑FM  Hot AC3.73.43.4JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

News/talk pubcaster KQED, the city-by-the-bay's champ for the first four months of 2022, re-takes the throne with a commanding 8.0 share. In a tie for second are Audacy news KCBS/KFRC and the leader in May and June, Bonneville AC KOIT. iHeart claims fourth and fifth with soft AC “The Breeze” KISQ and hot AC “Star 101.3” KIOI, the latter moving into the top five from a tie for seventh in June.

Dallas-Ft. Worth (5)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221KLNO‑FM  Reg. Mexican6.67.45.92KZPS‑FM  Classic Rock5.35.05.63KDGE‑FM  Adult Cont.4.44.65.04KLUV‑FM  Classic Hits4.04.04.55WBAP‑AM  News/Talk3.64.04.5JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

It's a sixth consecutive month on top for Univision Spanish regional Mexican “Que Buena” KLNO, although it's now just 0.3 ahead of the runner-up for all that time, iHeart classic rock “Lone Star 92.5” KZPS. iHeart AC sister “Star 102.1” KDGE holds at third while both Audacy classic hits KLUV and Cumulus Media news/talk WBAP, tied for sixth in June, move to a tie for fourth in July. Station to watch: Audacy Spanish regional Mexican “La Grande 107.5” KMVK, up 0.7 to move from 13th to seventh (3.2-3.9).

Houston-Galveston (6)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221KODA‑FM  Adult Cont.7.17.78.02KMJQ‑FM  Urban AC5.55.75.73KSBJ‑FM  Cont. Christ.5.55.25.74KGLK‑FM  Classic Rock5.55.35.65KTBZ‑FM  Mod/Alt Rock6.26.65.5JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

iHeart AC “Sunny 99.1” KODA makes it a 16th straight measurement period at the top, 2.3 share points ahead of Urban One urban AC “Majic 102.1” KMJQ and contemporary Christian pubcaster KSBJ, which move from fourth and sixth respectively to tie for second. Cox Media Group classic rock “The Eagle 106.9/107.5” KGLK/KHPT finishes fourth, while iHeart modern/alternative rock “94.5 The Buzz” KTBZ slips from second to fifth.

Atlanta (7)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221WSRV‑FM  Classic Hits8.69.711.02WALR‑FM  Urban AC6.56.76.83WSB‑FM  Adult Cont.6.06.36.34WAMJ‑FM  Urban AC6.15.55.75WSB‑AM  News/Talk6.05.75.7JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

While it's the same top five stations, and in mostly the same order, as in June, year-long leader CMG classic hits “The River” WSRV takes a wider lead – 4.2 share points - over urban AC sister “Kiss 104.1” WALR. CMG AC “B98.5” WSB-FM remains in third, while Urban One urban AC “Majic 107.5/97.5” WAMJ and CMG news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM tie for fifth. Station to watch: City of Atlanta Board of Education news/talk WABE, gaining 0.9 as it moves from 11th to eighth (2.9-3.8).

Philadelphia (9)   MAY 22JUN 22JUL 221WDAS‑FM  Urban AC6.88.08.52WMMR‑FM  Rock7.48.28.43WMGK‑FM  Classic Rock7.07.36.94WBEB‑FM  Adult Cont.5.35.55.55WOGL‑FM  Classic Hits5.25.45.1JUL 22, 6+ Metro ShareStationRatings.com

After a couple of months finishing second or third, iHeart urban AC WDAS-FM returns to the top in Philly in a photo finish, just a tenth of a point ahead of May and June's champ, Beasley Media Group rocker WMMR. Beasley classic rock sister WMGK and Audacy AC “B101.1” WBEB stay ranked at third and fourth, respectively, while Audacy classic hits “Big 98.1” WOGL, tied for fifth in June, has the spot all to itself. Station to watch: iHeart urban contemporary “Power 99” WUSL, up 0.8 (2.8-3.6) to move into the top 10.

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How To Turn A Slump Into Success And Proactively Prepare For A Recession.

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To prepare for a possible recession, 86% of radio sales managers polled by Futuri said they are training their sales staff to sell digital more effectively. In addition, 57% said they’re teaching their sales staff to sell other high growth platforms. And 43% indicated they are schooling their ad sellers to sell podcasting and on-demand audio more effectively, while one third said they are trying to lock in longer-term deals with clients and 24% have started hiring more sales support team members.

These are among the findings of a survey of 120 radio sales managers conducted from July 22 - Aug 4 by Futuri.

The survey also asked radio sales managers whether they personally expect to see a recession-level economic downturn within the next two years. By a wide majority, 84% said they do while just 16% indicated said they don’t. “Recession-level” is defined as a fall in the national Gross Domestic Product for two consecutive quarters. All of those who said they don’t expect it to occur said they think there will be an economic downturn, but it won’t quite rise to the level of a recession.

More than four in ten of those who expect a recession anticipate it will begin within six months, 21% project it will take place within three months and 12% anticipate it will happen within 12 months. Just under one in four (24%) say we’re already in a recession.

Among station clients already reacting to or planning for an economic downturn, the survey turned up a range of responses: Almost half (48%) said their clients are making decisions closer to the ad buy, 44% indicated they were making cuts to their overall buys, 28% said they haven’t seen any meaningful response from clients and 6% said clients are demanding lower rates.

Presenting the results during a recent webinar, Futuri execs suggested ways to turn a slump into success and proactively prepare for a recession. Dave Russell, a national account manager at Futuri and a former account exec for Cox Media Group in Orlando, said the results present radio sellers with a double whammy. “If your clients’ business is taking a hit, they're going to be even more cost conscious than usual and require a data-driven story to justify the buy. And at the same time, you're going to have less time than usual, to put that buy together.” He suggested sales execs need a marriage of speed and the ability to develop “the strongest possible story for your brand.”

During tough times it's more important than ever to be a true marketing partner to clients, said Jim Tarrantine, who leads the team for Topline, Futuri’s sales enablement system. “Remember that clients are making decisions closer to the buy and they're buying more digital, which is arguably easier to buy and adjust quickly than spots or other traditional radio campaigns,” Tarrantine told webinar attendees. “That's one reason why there's never been a better time to make sure you and your teams are effectively selling your high growth platforms.”

Tarrantine said embracing digital creates “a big net positive” for the station’s brand. “Aside from securing those digital buys, becoming truly on the channel – not just a radio station that has all these different brand extensions or things to sell – gives you the opportunity to recycle your brand across every platform your audience uses. It deepens engagement and creates lucrative digital inventory your advertisers want.”

Futuri’s webinar also identified categories likely to be “recession-proof” or even grow as the nation heads into an economic downturn. They include healthcare, auto repair & maintenance, recruitment, budget travel, home improvement & DIY, discount stores, financial services, bulk stores and grocery.

View an on-demand replay of the webinar HERE.

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Audacy Says It’s Making A Digital Transformation, But Some Analysts Want It To Hit Pause.

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From investments in ad tech to revamping its digital platform, Audacy has laid out a seven-point plan that is says will help the company “muscle” its way through a potential slowdown while preparing for the long-term. It’s a move that analysts have been pushing radio groups to embrace. But in a reversal, two Wall Street radio-watchers are urging Audacy executives to hit the pause button after the company reported a decline in revenue that was deeper and faster than expected towards the end of second quarter.

B. Riley Securities media analyst Daniel Day says there are “near-term” risks facing Audacy, including a potential breach to its debt agreements with lenders if the ad market significantly softens as well as the potential that Audacy’s stock is delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

“While we understand management's desire to invest in the longer-term transformation of the business from radio-first to digital-first,” says Day. “We would prefer the company put a temporary pause on at least some of this investment—which is not expected to generate material incremental revenue until 2023 at the earliest—until macroeconomic conditions and broadcast radio revenue show signs of stabilization.”

In a report to clients, Day says Audacy’s outlook that its revenue could be flat to down low-single digits during the current quarter was weaker than expected and he does not think it will generate cash through 2023.

Wells Fargo analyst Steven Cahall is not suggesting that Audacy stop making moves to expand its digital capabilities. But he too questions the timing.

“While the investments may be prudent for the company to move closer to the digital growth rates captured at peers, the payoff is uncertain and the timing is difficult,” he says in a report to clients. He blames the increased operating expenses tied to the company’s “digital ambitions” for missing the second quarter earnings estimates that Wall Street had for Audacy. “Management continues to believe that the digital investments they're making today will lead to accelerated growth in the near future, but their hands are tied by a slowing macro and unhealthy balance sheet,” he tells clients.

Audacy CEO David Field laid out a more digital future for this company during his quarterly conference call on Friday.

“Our emerging ad tech will enable us to unlock new pools of digital advertising demand, improve our sell-through rates, and improve yield and also enable us to bring additional off-platform supply to market,” Field explained. The Audacy Digital Audience Network is already benefiting from last October’s $40 million deal to buy the digital audio ad server and streaming business rebranded as AmperWave. And he said they are making a “large investment” in overhauling the Audacy app that will offer a “more personalized curated listening experience.”

As well-intentioned as that may be, Day thinks it is “unlikely” the investments will pay off given the number of deep-pocketed incumbents—including Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and Google—taking aim at this market. He agrees however that the app’s enhancements should improve the digital radio listening experience and thus drive additional higher-value digital ad impressions available to sell.

What may have Day downbeat is Audacy had what he labels as a “disappointing” second quarter from an earnings vantage point despite posting a five percent jump in revenue overall. Those earnings will come under more pressure as Audacy ramps up its investments and marketing efforts, he predicts.

Cahall agrees that the company has a “cloudy outlook” in the second half and as its core broadcast business face headwinds.” Cahall had already lowered his forecast for Audacy revenue growth, and the estimates management provided Friday landed below those numbers. “In purchasing the CBS Radio stations back in 2017, the company expected to be generating much higher earnings today than where things currently stand,” he says.

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Ready For Some Football? 56 Million Listeners Are, And They're More Engaged Than TV Viewers.

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There may be a lot going on with the NFL on television this coming football season – the new NFL+ video subscription service offering access to all regular and post-season games, and Thursday Night Football's move from broadcast to Amazon Prime Video – but there are changes on the radio side as well. AM/FM listeners to Westwood One's national broadcasts of Monday, Thursday and Sunday night games will now also be able to hear them on station audio streams, ending a decade of paywall-only online access.

As a result, radio may benefit from the Thursday night games' move to Amazon. As noted in this week's edition of Westwood One's blog, the results of a MARU/Matchbox study commissioned by Cumulus Media, conducted among 1,000 Americans over age 18 during the past two weeks, showed just half of frequent – and only 30% of occasional – NFL viewers are aware that Thursday Night Football will only be available on Amazon Prime. In addition, according to Nielsen Scarborough data, more than half of NFL Thursday Night Football viewers are not currently Amazon Prime members.

As the blog points out, season-long NFL games via Westwood One's play-by-play reach 56 million listeners. “[That] audience can be utilized to explain how to watch games on Amazon Prime Video and reach those who cannot catch games on TV,” Cumulus Media and Westwood One Audio Active Group Chief Insights Officer Pierre Bouvard says.

Additional research presented, from NFL Fan Tracker, shows that adding audio broadcasts of the games to those on TV in advertising media plans increases reach among high income men 18-49 or 25-54 by 14%, men 18-34 by 18% and total NFL fans by 12%. Additionally, according to GfK MRI, NFL AM/FM radio audiences spend 16% more than average and are 32% more likely to have a $75,000+ household income, 27% more likely to be employed full time and 20% more likely to be college graduates compared to the total U.S. profile.

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Remarkable Consistency Among Radio’s Top Advertisers In First Week Of August.

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Here into the dog days of summer, there is remarkable consistency among radio’s top national advertisers. Progressive is once again perched at the top of the Media Monitors chart, based on spot volume, for the week of Aug. 1-7. It is followed by Indeed and Upside at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Those were also the top three radio accounts for the first six months of the year.

Free promos for iHeartRadio that aired across iHeartMedia’s 850 radio stations placed fourth while Swiffer, the line of cleaning products that Proctor & Gamble has turned up the juice on recently, spends a second consecutive week in the top five.

The remainder of the top 10 are all names well known to traffic managers and radio listeners: DuckDuckGo, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, ZipRecruiter, Grainger and Mattress Firm.

Lasik Plus, once only a sporadic user of radio, comes in at No. 17 on the list with 27,395 15-second spots for its laser eye surgery procedure across stations that include iHeart modern rock/alternative “DC101” WWDC Washington and “Alt 104.5” WRFF Philadelphia and AC WASH-FM Washington.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration flooded the airwaves with 22,662 30-second reminders to buckle up with the warning, “click-it or ticket” to rank No. 24. Likewise, the California Dept. Of Public Health ran 7,709 spots to place at No. 79.

Proctor & Gamble, radio’s largest parent advertiser of the year so far, ran ads for 11 different brands, including the aforementioned Swiffer followed by Mr. Clean, Crest, Charmin, Zevo, Bounty, Pepto-Bismol, Tide, Prilosec OTC and P&G-VOOST.

For the week of Aug. 1-7, 2022, the top ten on the Media Monitors tally are Progressive at 1, Indeed at 2, Upside at 3, iHeartRadio at 4, Swiffer at 5, DuckDuckGo at 6, iHeartRadio Music Festival at 7, ZipRecruiter at 8, Grainger at 9, and Mattress Firm at 10.

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NPR’s ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me’ Hits The Road For Comedy Tour.

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The NPR game show and podcast “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me” is launching a stand-up comedy tour. This fall, the weekly hour-long program will travel to ten cities across the U.S. a stand-up comedy show featuring some the signature show’s funniest panelists.

The tour hits Ann Arbor, MI on Oct. 21 at the Michigan Theater and Kalamazoo, MI on Oct. 22 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Shows are also booked in Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Austin, TX; Raleigh, NC; Tampa, FL; and Atlanta, GA, although dates and venues have not yet been announced.

The tour launched in June with pilot shows in Denver and Salt Lake City. "We love doing this," said comedian and host of the tour Alonzo Bodden. "It's not your typical Saturday morning comedy. These are the funniest Wait Wait panelists, uncensored."

“Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is now in its 24th year and has an audience of more than 3.9 million listeners weekly on 727 NPR member stations. The Wait Wait podcast is downloaded 800,000 times a week. The radio show is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Media.

"The stand-up tour has the smarts and surprise of Wait Wait, but it's a little more raw, with more laugh-out-loud moments," said Doug Berman, the creator and “Benevolent Overlord” of “Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me.” "There's just not enough time during an hour of ‘Wait Wait’ to really get to know the panelists. They're some of the smartest and funniest people on the planet, and this is a chance to spend an evening laughing with them."

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Syndicated Host Tanya Hart Inducted Into NABJ Hall Of Fame.

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Tanya Hart, host of AURN’s nationally syndicated “Hollywood Live with Tanya Hart,” was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists 2020 Hall Of Fame Friday in Las Vegas. Hart’s induction was part of NABJ’s 2022 induction ceremony for their Hall of Fame Special Honors Awards.

"I am so grateful to Board President, Dorothy Tucker, and the other members who nominated me for this prestigious award,” Hart said in a news release. “I am humbled, excited and inspired, and most importantly with God's grace I will continue to tell my listener the truth, which is, of course, the backbone of good journalism."

In addition to Hart, the NABJ also honored other distinguished Black journalists for their contributions to the industry, including Michelle V. Agins, photographer, The New York Times; Harry D. Boomer, Anchor/Senior Reporter, Cleveland 19 News; Levi Henry, Jr., Founder/Publisher, Westside Gazette Newspaper; and Cheryl Smith, Publisher-Editor, I Messenger Media. A posthumous award was also bestowed upon Charles W. “Hoppy” Adams, Jr., Executive VP of WANN-TV Atlanta and WXTC-FM Greenville, PA.

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Forrester: U.S. Sales To Exceed $5T By 2027.

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The rapid, pandemic-fueled growth of online is settling back to pre-COVID levels as in-store shopping continues to rebound.

That’s one of the takeaways in a new forecast from Forrester, which expects that U.S. total retail sales will exceed $5 trillion by 2027. Online retail sales will reach $1.6 trillion.

According to the 2022 Online Retail Sales Forecast, U.S., online retail sales will grow 10% annually during the next five years to account for 30% of the market by 2027. Offline retail sales will account for 70% of total retail sales by 2027.

The report warns that U.S retailers will face several challenges in the short term. Among the challenges that Forrester sees affecting U.S. retail in the near term are consumers holding discretionary spending due to inflation and the need to get rid of excess inventory potentially impacting profitability.

Additional takeaways include:

  • In 2021, total U.S. retail sales reached a record high of $4.3 trillion, driven by consumers’ accumulated savings in 2020 and the stimulus checks they received from the government.
  • Click-and-collect sales will exceed $200 billion by 2027. In 2022, Forrester estimates click-and-collect sales will reach $100 billion. In 2027, they’re poised to account for nearly 13% of online retail sales.

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Miss Jones Joins New York’s ’94.7 The Block’ For Morning Drive.

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Miss Jones returns to New York radio as morning host at “94.7 The Block” WXBK rounding out the on-air lineup at the Audacy classic hip-hop outlet that launched in October 2021. The former R&B artist, Tarsha “Miss” Jones, began her radio career as part of the “Star & Buc Wild” morning show at crosstown rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT before moving to the former “103.9 The Beat” WPHI Philadelphia, where she was paired with Michael Shawn. The two moved to mornings at “Hot 97” in 2004, while syndicating the show back to Philly, with Jones recognized as the first African-American female to be syndicated on morning radio at the time. After exiting “Hot 97” in 2008, the duo hosted mornings on “Power 99” WUSL Philadelphia from 2009-2011 before Jones stepped down.

“After stepping away from the industry to raise my two sons, I am beyond thrilled to be back home and leading morning drive at 94.7 The Block,” Jones, who will start on Aug. 22, said in a release.

Brand Manager Skip Dillard, remarked, “Jonesy is a person of many talents and I’m so excited to witness the fun and excitement she’ll add to morning radio in New York City on 94.7 The Block. Welcome home!”

The “94.7 The Block” on-air lineup also includes Shelly Wade, known for her on-air work at “97.9 The Box” KBXX Houston, “Z100” WHTZ New York, and “104.3 MYfm” KBIG Los Angeles, in afternoons; the Skyview Networks-syndicated “Nick Cannon Radio” in middays (10am-2pm); and Ed Lover, the former host of “Yo! MTV Raps!” on MTV, anchoring the 7-10pm slot.

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Miss Jones Joins New York’s ’94.7 The Block’ For Morning Drive.

Updated

Miss Jones returns to New York radio as morning host at “94.7 The Block” WXBK rounding out the on-air lineup at the Audacy classic hip-hop outlet that launched in October 2021. The former R&B artist, Tarsha “Miss” Jones, began her radio career as part of the “Star & Buc Wild” morning show at crosstown rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT before moving to the former “103.9 The Beat” WPHI Philadelphia, where she was paired with Michael Shawn. The two moved to mornings at “Hot 97” in 2004, while syndicating the show back to Philly, with Jones recognized as the first African-American female to be syndicated on morning radio at the time. After exiting “Hot 97” in 2008, the duo hosted mornings on “Power 99” WUSL Philadelphia from 2009-2011 before Jones stepped down.

“After stepping away from the industry to raise my two sons, I am beyond thrilled to be back home and leading morning drive at 94.7 The Block,” Jones, who will start on Aug. 22, said in a release.

Brand Manager Skip Dillard, remarked, “Jonesy is a person of many talents and I’m so excited to witness the fun and excitement she’ll add to morning radio in New York City on 94.7 The Block. Welcome home!”

The “94.7 The Block” on-air lineup also includes Shelly Wade, known for her on-air work at “97.9 The Box” KBXX Houston, “Z100” WHTZ New York, and “104.3 MYfm” KBIG Los Angeles, in afternoons; the Skyview Networks-syndicated “Nick Cannon Radio” in middays (10am-2pm); and Ed Lover, the former host of “Yo! MTV Raps!” on MTV, anchoring the 7-10pm slot.

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