WLTW Takes April PPM; KISS Closes Shop in Fifth

As the adage goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That could have been written about WLTW/Lite FM and its ratings prowess.

Once again, the Clear Channel heavyweight was tops on the overall PPM Arbitron ratings for April by maintaining a 7.5 rating for the second straight month.

WCBS-FM, which last week announced programmer Brian Thomas is leaving to run the CBS Radio cluster in Tampa, kept its number two position by posting a slight gain to 6.4.

The number three and four stations are familiar dwellers as well. Clear Channel sister stations WHTZ/Z100 was third with a .4 boost to 5.6. WKTU marked time at fourth by again registering a 4.7.

It was a strong finish for KISS FM/WRKS, jumping to fifth place with a 4.0. Last month, ESPN/Disney took over the Emmis’ 98.7 FM frequency.

More from the monthly radio ratings after the jump.

Tropical station WSKQ held tight at a 3.7.

WAXQ slipped to 3.7, while WBLS made nice gains to 3.5 (up .4).

CBS’ WXRK/NOW FM added .4 to 3.3. However, Spanish station WXNY and Clear Channel’s Power 105/WWPR, lost .3 to 3.2.

Among news stations, WINS was the champ with a 3.2, although down .2 from March. WCBS-AM picked up .4 to a 3.0.

The news is not as encouraging for WEMP. The FM newser, which had been stuck at .7 for the last three surveys, fell to a  miniscule .6.

WFAN saw a .4 leap to 3.1 for the month, while ESPN 1050/WEPN before moving to 98.7 FM, slipped to 1.1.