And by a slim margin country music station KFKF-FM continues to top the charts…even after a steady, three month decline. Speaking of country music, the combined ratings of the three top country stations in the market adds up to just over 18 percent. That compares to a combined 16.5 share for Kansas City’s three leading rock stations, supporting the contention that Country is King in Kansas City.
However the success of country is not limited to here in the hinterlands.
Rolling Stone magazine – the iconic bible of rock music – just came out with its “Country Issue” in which it announced the launch of a new website, RollingStoneCountry.com and the opening of a Nashville office. Serious stuff.
And check out the issue’s money quote by country crooner Eric Church: “If Bruce Springsteen came out now, he’d live in the country world.”
Meanwhile, back at the bottom of the barrel, KC’s five month old Adult Album Alternative station KRBG FM The Bridge is nowhere to be found, and not just in the top 20 stations. It isn’t so much as garner a mention in Nielsen Audio’s list of 16 “other stations located in the market.”
I know, I know, ratings don’t matter for not-for-profit stations, all they need to do is raise money via donations from listeners. To which I respectfully ask, what listeners?
Anyway, on with the show…
Here are the ratings for listeners 12 and older, Monday thru Sunday, 6 a.m. to midnight.
1) KFKF FM, country, 7.3 share (down from 7.5 April) with a cume of 342,400 listeners
2) KCFX FM, classic rock, 6.9 share (7.3 April) with a cume of 468,000
3) KPRS FM, urban, 6.7 share (7.0 April) with a cume of 339,700
4) KQRC FM The Rock, rock, 5.9 share (5.4 April) with a cume of329,500
5) WDAF FM, country, 5.6 share (5.3 April) with a cume of 369,500
6) KMXV FM Mix 93.3, contemporary hits, 5.3 share (4.9 April) cume of 489,400
7) KBEQ FM, country, 5.2 share (4.6 April) with a cume of 352,900
8) KCMO FM, oldies, 4.9 share (5.0 April) with a cume of 431,200
9) KMJK FM Magic, Urban AC, 4.1 share (4.2 April) with a cume of 190,900
10) KZPT FM The Point, Hot AC, 3.7 share (3.9 April) with a cume of 417,900
11) KJNW FM, Christian, 3.7 share (3.4 April) with a cume of 220,900
12) KCHZ FM The Vibe, contemporary hits, 3.7 share (3.9 April), cume of 417,900
13) KRBZ FM “The Buzz,” modern rock, 3.7 share (3.4 April), with a cume of 220,900
14) KMBZ AM-FM, news/talk, 3.6 share (3.7 April) with a cume of 189,900
15) KCKC FM (formerly Alice), adult contemporary, 3.1 share (2.9 April), 326,000 cume
16) KCJK FM Jack, adult hits, 3.0 share (3.0 April) with a cume of 271,600
17) KCSP FM 610 Sports, sports, 2.9 share (3.3 April) with a cume of 228,500
18) KCUR FM, news talk, 2.5 share (2.5 April) with a cume of 154,100
19) KCMO AM, talk, 1.0 share (1.4 April) with a cume of 84,300
20) KANU FM, classical, 0.5 share (0.5 April) with a cume of 53,000
21) KRPT FM, black gospel, 0.4 share (0.3 April) with a cume of 23,200
22) KCMO-HD 2, sports, 0.3 share (0.3 April) with a cume of 33,700
The station is down to a lowly one share. How the mighty have fallen.
That’s the saddest commentary on local radio since WHB AM bought the farm…literally…when the legendary top 40 station was purchased by a Carrollton, Mo. concern to play country music and farm reports before being sold years later and going sports.
Mike Murphy, Russ Johnson, Dave Dawson - even Chris Stigall – and any number of other of iconic local talk radio personalities from KCMO’s glory days are rolling over in their graves over this one. They may even dig their ways back up zombie style and come after current management.
Uh, they’ve been warned.