The Ryan King retires?
weeks announcement came to a shock to many in the radio
business however it shouldn't be.
professional radio career began back in the early 90's at
V-103 later moving to Maryland for a short stint before
moving back to Atlanta to become host of the
less than year old station Hot 97.5 WHTA in 1996.
Doing morning's and
a weekly youth talk show called Check Yourself that tackled
topics from teen sexuality to teen suicide and school
violence which aired Monday nights at 9pm from 1997 until
He was also the one
responsible for Hot moving to the bigger signal in in the
after doing a boycott by sitting out his show for a week before
Radio One agreed to move the Hip Hop format to 107.9. In
2005 he left his 9 year stint with WHTA and returned to V103
first in afternoons then mornings for the past 6 years.
However CBS who owned
WVEE decided to sell it's radio properties to Entercom last
year and if history is a good indicator for things to come
every time there is a merger chances are good there will be
casualties and I believe Ryan was a casualty of the merger.
Ratings had not been
as strong over the past few years compared to the other
urban offerings in the market, also with the rehiring of
Frank Ski that with the merger spelled the
perfect storm for his being let go.
With all of that the rumor mill
has been spinning as to the possible return of Frank Ski to
mornings who was the former morning host at V103 from 1998-2012.
Atlanta radio’s winners and losers 2017
The Big winner in 2017 is WSB-AM with the change of moving
former 96 Rock regular guy Eric Von Haessler a libertarian
to replace the replacement of Neal Boortz who retired in
2012 Herman Cain. Along with the first year of an extremely
volatile political and social environment this has helped
keep WSB-AM firmly at the top of the ratings books each
Some of the other winners this year were Christian AC “104.7
The Fish” Urban AC “Kiss 104.1 and Classic Rock Hits “97.1
The River” Side note on the river since moving former 99x
midday-er Steve Craig to mornings and moving former 96 Rock
and Z93 personally Kaedy Kiely back to afternoons and
finally putting a live DJ in midday’s this has helped the
river move into the top 5 this past year.
The big loser as I see it is El Patron 105.3 Atlanta’s only
FM Spanish music station. The ratings have fallen into the
0.x ranges over the past year. As one poster pointed out on
the radio message boards, 105.3 is only being kept around
because it has all of the Hispanic buys in the market.
If that’s true then those advertisers are having their ads
heard only by a handful of people and can’t be sustained in
the long run, as most of the Hispanic population has blended
in with the Urban and Pop crowd leading to the question who
is 105.3 trying to cater to?
Just as reference the
first format on 105.3 were all 1980’s oldies as "the max"
and that station pulled in better numbers than the current
one way back in 2002-2004, as did Viva, and the Buzz.
Some of the other losers continue to be News Radio 106.7,
Alt 105.7, 92.3/96.7 The Beat and Star 94, all have not seen
big gains or have continued to fall as is the case with Alt
105.7 after dropping the 96.7 simulcast and Star 94. B98.5
has also never quite recovered after the firing of Melissa
Carter and continuing to not go all Christmas during the
Nielsen Audio Ratings 12-26-17
99x and the 1.2 share! Blog.
The current ratings just released on Tuesday shows a very
telling story. This rating period covered the last week of
October and the early part of November that just happened to
be the when 99x was celebrating its launch 25 years
ago in October, 1992.
As part of its celebration they brought back the original
morning show with Steve Barnes, Leslie Fram, and Jimmy Baron
for a one day broadcast that lasted for over 6 hours.
This is extremely telling because even a small translator
having personally based programming yields you a really good
return on investment both in ratings and most importantly
The stations overall numbers have been dismal hitting only a
0.2-0.6 share as a jukebox station over the past two years
since its return in its current form. In order for AM/FM
radio to succeed in the long term, investment in personally
should be at the top of the list.
Plug and play automated cyber-jocked stations won’t help you
compete in the fast growing world of internet entertainment;
same also goes for linear TV.
Nielsen Audio Ratings 12-26-17
Old School Classix are
Urban One has flipped HD fed translator 102.9 to urban
oldies, the move takes place just after Steve Hegwood's 87.7
WTBS-LPTV re-branded and Cox Media's Kiss 104.1 WALR
dropping Tom Joyner and with both stations skewing it's
music mix much younger.
The all new Classix 102.9 will play urban oldies from the
70's and 80's with syndicated shows filling in the day parts
with Joyner back in mornings and D. L. Hughley afternoons,
as well has using Mitch Faulkner as stations voice who also
left Kiss 104 during 'Atlanta radio's elder purge'
two weeks ago.
With the change now
leaves Cumulus with the Hip Hop Oldies audience all to
themselves with OG 97.9 whose ratings have outperformed it's
two other competitors Boom and Old School 99.3 both of which
are now gone for good.
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