WLTW Wins July; WHTZ Closes Gap in Second

It’s WLTW in familiar territory. Clear Channel’s Lite FM is number one in the July PPM ratings, released yesterday by Arbitron.

But in a rare spot for the A/C station, WLTW lost .8 from June. Thus, opening the door for sister station WHTZ. Z100 actually gave back .2, but finds just a .6 deficit from being the city’s top station.

Then there’s WCBS-FM, which commemorated it’s 40th anniversary in July. Overall, there’s not as much to celebrate at the home of Classic Hits. The usual number two to Lite-FM slipped .3 to 5.9. WCBS-FM, which officially ended its association with veteran jock Bob Shannon, tied for third.

The station joining WCBS-FM in third place is WBLS. The Urban station saw a .3 jump to 5.9. WBLS added KISS FM programming in late April, after the mega deal brought ESPN to 98.7.

As for ESPN/WEPN, it was a less promising month. The overall rating dropped .3 to a 21st-place showing of 1.3.

Rival WFAN, which started July with its 25th anniversary, fell slightly to 3.2.

The month’s big winner, WKTU. The Rhythmic A/C made a .7 leap to 5.5 in fifth place.

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A pair of Spanish stations crack the Top 10. WSKQ, with a .3 increase to 4.6, was sixth. Univision’s WXNY was nearly steady at 3.6, tying for ninth.

Among news stations, WINS was the champ, gaining .2 to 3.6. WCBS-AM also saw a .2 boost to 3.1.

Merlin Media, which made the flip from FM News to Alternative Rock, maintained the abysmal .6.

Cumulus Talker WABC lost .2 to 2.8 for the month, while Buckley’s WOR slipped another .1 to 1.6.

Fresh/WWFS had a minimal loss to 2.9 and kept its cume (average listenership) at 3.5 million.