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KYW, WPHT Deliver Results in Philadelphia Winter Ratings Book

Among the 12+ crowd, KYW delivered a 6.3, fifth place finish in both weekday prime, and full week.

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With Audacy headquartered in Philadelphia, the city is well-served by the news and talk radio brands KYW Newsradio and 1210 WPHT. During the winter ratings period, KYW continued its strong performance with consumers in the City of Brotherly Love.

The all-news KYW earned its best numbers in morning drive (6a-10a). With Persons 35-64, the all-news station earned a 7.9 share, good for fourth. Meanwhile, in Persons 25-54, the station generated a 4.3 share to finish tied for ninth. KYW also delivered an impressive 7.6 share with Persons 12+ to rank third overall.

In the 10a-3p midday timeslot, the station produced a 4.6 share inside the Persons 35-64 demographic to finish eighth. KYW secured a 3.2 share as well with Persons 25-54 to rank eleventh. Among the 12+ demo, KYW landed a 5.7 share to place sixth.

Afternoon drive (3p-7p) saw slightly higher shares for the brand compared to middays, with a 5.5, fifth place showing in the Persons 35-64 demo. KYW landed a 4.6, tenth place finish with Persons 25-54. The drive time slot performed the same as middays, registering a 5.7 share, sixth-place toe.

In weekday prime (M-F, 6a-7p), KYW earned a 6.0 with Persons 35-64, marking a fifth-place finish. It garnered a 3.9 share in the Persons 25-54 demographic, finishing eleventh. The station also scored a 6.0 share for the full week (M-Su, 6a-12a) with Persons 35-64, and a 4.2 share, tenth place result with Persons 25-54. Among the 12+ crowd, KYW delivered a 6.3, fifth place finish in both weekday prime, and full week.

At Audacy-owned sister station 1210 WPHT, the 12+ story stood out above the the 25-54 and 35-64 results. Morning drive with Kayal and Company which features Nick Kayal, Dawn Stensland and Greg Stocker earned a 1.9 share with Persons 35-64, and a 1.3 share with Persons 25-54. However, in the Persons 12+ demo, the show grabbed a 3.9 share, best on the station for the book.

1210 WPHT splits middays (10a-3p) between The Dawn Stensland Show and The Dom Giordano Program. The daypart fared better with Persons 35-64, scoring a 1.8 share compared to a 1.0 share with Persons 25-54. With the 12+ demo, the timeslot gained even more ground, finishing with a 3.4 share.

Turning to afternoon drive, The Rich Zeoli Show occupies the entire 3p-7p daypart. For the quarter, Zeoli snagged a 2.3 share with Persons 35-64, and a 0.9 share with Persons 25-54. Zeoli’s share among Persons 35-64 was best on the station for the quarter. Switching to 12+, the afternoon show notched a 3.4 share for the quarter.

In weekday prime (M-F, 6a-7p), the news/talk outlet popped a 2.0 share with Persons 35-64, and dropped to a 1.1 share among Persons 25-54. For the full week, WPHT recorded a 1.5 share with Persons 35-64, and a 0.8 share with Persons 25-54. Among 12+, WPHT had a 3.6 share in weekday prime, and a 3.0 for the full week.

All numbers for KYW and WPHT include both over the air and streaming. Ratings information for Salem Media Group’s AM 990 The Answer was not available.

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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