PPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary.RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses of the performances of stations based on data from the January 2016 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. The first format up is urban contemporary. Kinosian observes that, as a format, urban contemporary is a stable performer. He writes, "No station on our UC sample had a positive or negative fluctuation in excess of one full share, and 59% of the panel is actually either down or flat in January 2016, versus Holiday 2015." In this report find charts showing how stations ranked in their markets (three urban contemporary stations finished #2 in their respective PPM markets) and how they ranked by market share. See it all here.
Maria D'Antonio Named Midday Host at 'Y108' in Pittsburgh. With the recent move of WDSY, Pittsburgh personality Ally to mornings as part of the "Ally & Andy in the Morning" show, the vacancy in the midday shift at the country station is filled by weekend and fill-in host Maria D'Antonio. WDSY OM and program director Mark Anderson says, "Prior to joining CBS RADIO Pittsburgh, she spent four years as morning show personality on [crosstown hot AC] WLTJ, where she was a formidable competitor. Obviously, we prefer having her on our side here with Team Y108!