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SuperTalk 99.7 WTN Delivers Big Drive Time Numbers in Nashville Winter Ratings Book

“Among the weekday shows, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN received its highest numbers in morning drive (5a-9a).”

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Nashville is a burgeoning talk radio market, with two local brands offering very different approaches to weekday programming. On Talk Radio 98.3 WLAC, the station features several nationally syndicated shows. Among them are The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michael Berry, and The Ramsey Show. The station’s morning program, Your Morning Show with Michael DelGiorno is the exception, emanating from Music City. Meanwhile, the locally focused SuperTalk 99.7 WTN rolls out four local programs between the hours of 5a-7p, saving syndicated shows for the evening hours.

In the latest Winter ratings book, SuperTalk 99.7 benefitted the most for the quarter. The station tied for fourth in the weekday prime category (M-F, 6a-7p) with Persons 35-64 with a 7.2 share. The brand tied for ninth with a 4.6 share in the Persons 25-54 demo. WLAC on the other hand delivered a 2.8 share with Persons 35-64, and an 0.8 share with Persons 25-54.

For the full week (M-Su, 6a-12a), SuperTalk 99.7 WTN scored a 5.6 share (T-7th) with Persons 35-64 and a 3.3 (T-12) in Persons 25-54. Meanwhile, Talk Radio 98.3 finished with a 2.2 share (Persons 35-64) and a 0.7 (Persons 25-54).

Among the weekday shows, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN received its highest numbers in morning drive (5a-9a). Nashville’s Morning News hosted by Dan Mandis from 5a-9a earned a 9.7 share, good for first overall with Persons 35-64. The show ranked seventh with a 6.0 share among Persons 25-54. For Talk Radio 98.3, the daypart (6a-10a) featured Michael DelGiorno — who departed WTN last year and launched his new show in November 2023 — and the first two hours of The Glenn Beck Program. The two shows combined for an 0.3 share (Persons 25-54) and an 0.7 share (Persons 35-64).

Middays was the strongest daypart for the iHeartMedia-owned WLAC. From 10a-3p, the station featured the final hour of Beck’s show, The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, and the first hour of The Sean Hannity Show. Collectively, the station saw a 4.2 share in the Persons 35-64 demo, good for 9th, while finishing with a 1.3 share among Persons 25-54. Cumulus-owned WTN aired The Chris Hand Show and The Matt Murphy Show between 9a-3p. Those two programs earned a tie for fifth in the Persons 35-64 demo with a 6.0 share. They also secured a 10th place finish in the Persons 25-54 demo with a 3.7 share.

Afternoons at SuperTalk 99.7 WTN are helmed by The Drive with Brian Wilson, which spans the duration of the 3p-7p timeslot. The former Fox News anchor and correspondent saw an 8.7 share in the Persons 35-64 demo, good for second place during the quarter. Wilson finished eighth in the Persons 25-54 category with a 5.6 share. The final two hours of Hannity’s show, and The Michael Berry Show occupied the afternoon daypart (3p-7p) for Talk Radio 98.3. The timeslot produced a 2.7 share with Persons 35-64, and a 0.3 share in the Persons 25-54 demo.

Ratings reports and analysis are written by BNM and sponsored by Crowd React Media, a division of Harker Bos Group. Learn more about the different ways media research can benefit your station and cut through the noise by clicking here.

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Michael Knowles: Media Matters Tried to Get Me Fired 228 Times

“Daily Wire and Westwood One host Michael Knowles addressed the Media Matters layoffs during his program on Thursday.”

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Media Matters laid off more than a dozen staffers on Thursday. The layoffs come following a lawsuit months ago from X owner and businessman Elon Musk. In addition, digital media outlets continue to struggle with a declining advertising market amid reduced online traffic.

Media Matters president Angelo Carusone said in a statement, “We’re confronting a legal assault on multiple fronts. Given how rapidly the media landscape is shifting, we need to be extremely intentional about how we allocate resources in order to stay effective. Nobody does what Media Matters does. So, we’re taking this action now to ensure that we are sustainable, sturdy and successful for whatever lies ahead.”

Daily Wire and Westwood One host Michael Knowles responded to the news during his show on Thursday. Knowles said the news was a little personal for him. He claimed Media Matters tried getting him fired 228 times. Knowles based that number off of the number of articles under his section on the Media Matters website.

Knowles read a tweet from Ari Drennen, which confirmed the company had parted ways with staffers. Drennen’s tweet ended by saying “it should worry you that any billionaire could do this to any outlet at any time for any reason. It’s a sad day for free speech.” That last line drew a witty response from Knowles.

“Media Matters is a billionaire funded company that exists strictly to get people fired for saying things that the billionaire liberals don’t like,” said Knowles. “The irony is very great.”

Knowles acknowledged that he doesn’t like seeing people lose their jobs. However, he mentioned that many at the outlet have strange views of the world, and they’ll now have to figure out their next steps.

“The Media Matters people will be alright’, added Knowles. “Right now, they’re all wrong, so I hope they all end up alright. I hope that they decide to turn their attentions, their lives, and their labor toward more edifying pursuits than trying to get me fired, two hundred and twenty eight times, none yet successful.”

Among those leaving the company include Katherine Abughazaleh, Ethan Colier, Alex Paterson, Alex Novell, and Carl Evans.

Media Matters formed in 2004 under activist David Brock.

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GBH Layoffs Claim 4% of Work Force

“13 different departments throughout GBH were impacted by the layoffs.”

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31 employees have been laid off at GBH. Management warned staff about potential job cuts due to a significant budget deficit back in March. The cuts represent 4% of the outlet’s work force. Among the affected are approximately 10% of GBH’s News department.

CEO Susan Goldberg addressed the layoffs in an email to staff, stating “We made these hard choices only after implementing a range of other cost-saving measures and operating efficiencies. The basic reason for these reductions is simple: revenues are flat and the cost of doing business has gone up. A lot.”

GBH, a major producer of public media content, is facing a $7 million budget gap. Goldberg announced that popular local television programs such as Greater Boston, Talking Politics, and Basic Black would no longer be produced for TV due to changing viewer habits and declining viewership. However, the shows will be reimagined as digital-first programming.

13 different departments throughout GBH were impacted by the layoffs according to Goldberg’s email. It is unclear if there will be further cost-cutting measures in the future.

Zoe Mathews, a union steward for the newsroom, expressed surprise and disappointment at the sudden layoffs especially since discussions with the union during recent all-staff meetings held by organization leadership did not occur.

“Over the course of the past few months, when we have had all-staff meetings with organization leadership, we in the newsroom were not unaware of the financial situation at GBH, but I’m shocked that management has decided to make cuts from the newsroom and not explore other options,” said Mathews.

The GBH layoffs come one month after Boston’s other NPR station WBUR announced cuts of up to 14% of its staff. Those moves were said to be necessary due to a steep decline in on-air sponsorships.

Goldberg’s announcement did not mention any changes to flagship programs such as FRONTLINE, NOVA, Antiques Roadshow or Masterpiece. GBH is also known for producing popular children’s programs for public broadcasting. The news comes shortly after the announcement of GBH News’ General Manager Pam Johnston’s resignation at the end of the month.

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Former KLIN Hosts Jack Riggins and Dan Parsons Involved in Defamation Lawsuit

“Riggins’ 16-page complaint accused Parsons of attacking his personal and professional character through a series of tweets on X.”

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The heated battle between conservative talk radio hosts Jack Riggins and Dan Parsons continued in court yesterday. The controversy started when Parsons replaced Riggins on KLIN in 2023. Parsons then made several defamatory statements about Riggins on X, which led to Riggins filing a lawsuit against Parsons.

Riggins’ 16-page complaint accuses Parsons of attacking his personal and professional character through a series of tweets on X. Parsons hosted “The Dan Parsons Show,” which promoted “truth over tribalism” in contrast to Riggins’ hyper-conservative program, for 10 months until his abrupt termination in March.

In response to his firing, Parsons took to social media to detail the end of his contract. He mentioned that he replaced Riggins, who was allegedly fired after an anonymous woman accused a state lawmaker of sexual assault while live on air. However, Riggins denies these claims. He insists that he fulfilled his contractual obligation with the station before leaving.

Riggins’ lawsuit addressed three other posts by Parsons claiming that Riggins was fired from KLIN. An opportunity to say goodbye to listeners before leaving the station was one of the issues in question. He claims Parsons defamed him over it and placed him in a false light.

Broadcast House GM Ami Graham, said neither Riggins nor Parsons were radio station employees. They were contracted hosts to KLIN, and have since completed their agreements with the station.

Parsons responded to the lawsuit by stating that he is seeking legal counsel and will address it soon. Meanwhile, KLIN has replaced Parsons’ show with “Drive Time Nebraska” hosted by Doug Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald previously worked as a fill-in host at the station.

The legal battle between public figures may prove difficult for Riggins to win. He must prove that Parsons acted with “actual malice” in making defamatory statements. This means he will have to show that Parsons knew the information was false when he made it public.

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