The big news of the August PPM is all about WBLS. The Urban Adult Contemporary station is finding new life since the ESPN/KISS FM deal in April. WBLS, now the only game in town for that format, jumped to number two, up .4 to 6.3.
Despite the great WBLS showing, WLTW continues to rule the radio roost. The Clear Channel heavyweight added a .1 to 7.0, but Lite-FM lost a chunk of its lead to ‘BLS in the latest Arbition figures.
WBLS’ good fortune means a backtracking for perennial number two, WCBS-FM. The Classic Hits station slipped into a third-place tie with WHTZ/Z100. However, the two stations got there in slightly different scenarios. CBS-FM gained .2, while Z100 lost .2 for the month.
The homecoming of WRXP to Merlin Media’s Alternative Rocker at 101.9 reaped the rewards. The station shot up a full ratings point to a 1.6.
More from the Top 10 after the jump
WKTU lost .5 to 5.0, while Spanish station WSKQ slipped .4 to 4.6.
WINS was the winner among News and Talk stations. The CBS Radio all-newser improved .5 to 4.1 for August. WCBS 880 saw no gains at 3.1. WABC also was steady at 2.8. WOR, which was recently acquired by Clear Channel, inched ahead slightly to 1.6.
Among sports stations, WFAN dropped .4 to 2.8, while ESPN/WEPN gained slightly from the previous month to 1.4.
Rounding out the Top 10, Classic Rocker WAXQ/Q104.3 tumbled .7 to 3.7. It tied for eighth with Spanish WXNY.
Power 105.1/WWPR was 10th, slipping .2 to 3.5. Rival WQHT/Hot 97 lost .2 to 3.0.