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Publication of May second round PPMs. The second of four sets of assessment data from Audio NielsenThe May 2022 PPM survey was released for 12 markets, including Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore and St. Louis. Nielsen’s May 2022 sweep covered April 28 to May 25. Today, SPEAKERS editor-in-chief of the journal Mike Kinosian presents its takeaway notes for this group of markets. In Washington D.C., Hubbard BroadcastingThe all-new WTOP remains ranked No. 3 after dropping three tenths to a 7.8 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share), while Cumulus Media‘s crosstown news/talk WMAL-FM veered two-tenths to finish with a 3.9 share good for the No. 10 rank. Beasley Media Group‘s sports talk WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub” dominates as the No. 1 station with a 9.8 share after adding 1.4 shares during the survey. Through the city, iHeartMediaWRKO’s news/discussion plunges a tenth to a 4.2 share and falls to No. 8, while sister all-news WBZ-AM remains stuck at No. 6 after rising one. tenth for a 4.8 share finish. Talk stations in the Twin Cities are locked in a close battle with Audacity‘s WCCO-AM adds a half share to wrap up the survey with a 4.5 share and the No. 12 ranking. Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY-FM adds six tenths for a 3.3 share finish and a climb to rank No. 14, while iHeartMedia’s KTLK-AM plunges two tenths, posting a healthy 2.8 share for rank No. 15. You can see Mike Kinosian’s full ratings on this group of markets (as well as the first round yesterday) here.

Rick Ankiel to Join Good Karma’s ‘ESPN West Palm’ for AM Show Appearances. great baseball Rick Ankiel makes regular appearances on Good brand Karma‘s WUUB-FM, West Palm Beach “ESPN West Palm” as it joins “Josh Cohen and the HomeTeam with Din Thomas and Tina” afternoons. His appearances are sponsored by All Dry of the Treasure Coast Restoration and Cleanup. Ankiel has spent more than 10 years in MLB, mainly with the cardinals of Saint-Louis. He says: “Spending my life in the area, I was a fan and even a visitor to the Josh Cohen show for many years. I’m thrilled to join ‘ESPN 106.3’ and Josh Cohen and the HomeTeam with Din Thomas and Tina to talk regularly about baseball and more. ESPN West Palm Market Manager Stephanie Prince says, “We’re thrilled to have a local legend join the ‘ESPN 106.3’ airwaves! Rick’s experience on and off the court will help create a fun, engaging, and up-to-date listener for our fans.

Gemini XIII Announces New Hires in Advertising Sales and Marketing. The new premium audio content, production and marketing services firm Gemini XIII announced the addition of Erica Farmer as Vice President, Strategic Marketing, and Jaclyn Mifka as director of advertising operations and planning. Two are based at the company’s headquarters in New York and report to the co-founder and COO Charles Steinhauer. Farmer was most recently with Westwood One as Director of Digital Marketing for the Cumulus Podcast Network. Mifka recently served with ESPN Audio as Senior Director of Digital and Audio Sales. Co-founder and CEO of Gemini XIII Spencer Brown commented, “This milestone marks the first in a long series of building Gemini’s best-in-class sales and marketing capabilities. Erica and Jaci are experienced audio experts, and we are thrilled to have them join our team.

SPEAKERS News notes. There’s an interview with a comedy and media personality from Chicago Steve Cochran in the daily herald by media author Robert Feder that you can see here. In the interview, Feder asks direct questions of Cochran – who joins Cumulus Media‘s WLS-AM as a morning host – about his plans for the new morning show and action 1.0, 27e place program from which it inherits…..Brilliant City Audioa story-driven podcast studio joint venture between Audacity‘s C13Originals and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and New York Times #1 bestselling author Jon Meachamannounce “History is US”, a six-part audio documentary written and narrated by Dr. Eddie S. GlaudeJames S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at princeton university. Audacy says “History Is Us” will explore how American history — so indelibly shaped by race — haunts us, and how our past failures and refusals to admit them continue to shape the way we live our lives today.”…..To agree announce a new agreement with Rivian this will help continue to “position the company as a leader and innovator in delivering premium live audio to drivers around the world”. CEO of TuneIn Richard Stern states, “We are extremely excited to add Rivian to our existing lineup of automotive and connected technology partners. At TuneIn, we work with the world’s most innovative automotive companies to reinvent premium live radio and audio entertainment for the connected car. Our deep partnerships in the automotive industry allow drivers to discover and access the best audio content from around the world, directly through their dashboard, via a simple touch or voice command via Alexa.

WARNING: SPEAKERS Hundreds of members. SPEAKERS has been informed that a trophy and plaque manufacturing company has contacted talk show hosts listed as members of the Heavy Hundred (America’s Top 100 Radio Talk Show Hosts) and solicits them to purchase a plaque or an expensive trophy commemorating the honor. Please note that this plaque (or a variety of award and trophy variations available in their catalog) is unofficial and the company – SHOWMARK MEDIA, LLC – does not benefit from any official link or license agreement with SPEAKERS. According SPEAKERS VP/Associate Editor Matthew B. HarrisonSPEAKERS has never committed to charging its award recipients for items or products indicating that they are receiving an honor bestowed by our organization.

The economy, the primaries/Trump and the GOP, gun control legislation, the Kavanaugh conspiracy, the January 6 hearings, the Russian-Ukrainian war, extreme weather damage to Yellowstone among yesterday’s major news/stories (6/14). The Fed’s scheduled meeting today to address the country’s inflation problem, soaring gas and food prices, and concerns about a recession; Tuesday’s primary elections for the November midterms and donald trumpthe influence of the GOP on the GOP; working in Congress to craft gun legislation in the wake of the recent deadly mass shootings; the plot to assassinate the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the question of the safety of judges; the January 6 hearings; Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine and its effects on the global economy; Western heat and drought and flooding that damaged Yellowstone National Park were among the most talked about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research by SPEAKERS magazine.

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