Chicago Radio Ranking: V103 on top again


Joe Soto

WVAZ 102.7-FM increased its audience share in April and marked its 72nd ratings win since signing from R&B station iHeartMedia in 1988.

Nielsen Audio figures released on May 16 also showed V103 leading afternoons with Joe Soto and evenings with union member Keith Sweat.

Tied for first place in the morning, Audacy all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM with Cisco Cotto and Mai Martinez, and Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ 91.5-FM with “Morning Edition”, “BBC Newshour” and local news with Mary Dixon.

Hubbard Classic Rock Radio WDRV 97.1-FM, which placed second overall, won noon with Bob Stroud.

Among listeners between the ages of 25 and 54 — the demographic most sought after by advertisers — Univision’s Spanish-language Mexican regional station WOJO 105.1-FM was back on top. He also directed mornings with Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado and noontimes with Rafael “El Primo Rafa” Bautista in the key adult demo.

Hispanic listeners make up 21.5% of Chicago’s radio market and black listeners make up 16.6% of the market, according to Nielsen.

Here are the top 30 radio stations in Chicago from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio from March 31 through April 27, followed by format and average quarter-hour listener share. ages 6 and older (with previous month’s share in parentheses):

1. WVAZ 102.7-FM R&B, 6.0 (5.8)
2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.7 (4.8)
3. WLIT 93.9-FM contemporary adult, 5.1 (5.0)
4. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news, 4.8 (5.4)
5. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 4.6 (5.5)
6. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 3.8 (2.9)
7. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.7 (4.4)
8. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican Regional, 3.6 (3.0)
9. WRME 87.7-FM soft old rock, 3.3 (3.1)
ten. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 3.2 (3.0)
11. (tie) WUSN 99.5-FM country, 3.1 (3.3); WGN 720-AM news, 3.1 (3.5)
13. WPPN 106.7-FM Contemporary Adult Spanish, 2.9 (2.9)
14. (tie) WCHI 95.5-FM rock, 2.7 (3.0); WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.7 (2.6)
16. WFMT 98.7-FM classic, 2.6 (2.2)
17. WSHE 100.3-FM contemporary adult, 2.4 (2.3)
18. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 2.3 (2.4); WGCI 107.5-FM hip hop, 2.3 (2.5); WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican Regional, 2.3 (2.2)
21. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.1 (2.5)
22. (tie) WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 2.0 (1.3); WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.0 (1.9)
24. WMVP 1000-AM sports speech, 1.5 (0.9)
25. WPWX 92.3-FM hip hop, 1.3 (1.2)
26. WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian music, 1.2 (1.3)
27. WLS 890-AM news, 1.1 (1.2)
28. (tie) WSRB 106.3-FM R&B, 0.9 (0.8); WVIV 93.5-FM Contemporary Spanish, 0.9 (0.9)
30. (tie) WDCB 90.9-FM jazz public radio, 0.8 (0.6); WXLC 102.3-FM hot adult contemporary, 0.8 (0.8)

Here are Chicago Radio’s top 10 morning shows from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen:

1. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Cisco Cotto and Mai Martinez; WBEZ 91.5-FM “Morning Edition”; “BBC Newshour”
3. (tie) WDRV 97.1-FM Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle; WOJO 105.1-FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado
5.WTMX 101.9-FM Chris Petlak, Nikki Chuminatto, Brian Paruch and Violeta Podrumedic
6.WVAZ 102.7-FM Steve Harvey
7. WGN 720-AM Bob Sirot
8.WKSC 103.5-FM Christopher “Fred” Frederick
9. WLIT 93.9-FM Melissa Forman
10.WXRT 93.1-FM Richard Milne

Here are Chicago Radio’s top 10 midday shows from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen:

1.WDRV 97.1-FM Bob Stroud
2. WLIT 93.9-FM Robin Rock
3.WVAZ 102.7-FM Bionce Foxx
4.WRME 87.7-FM
5.WBEZ 91.5-FM “1A”; “Reset”; “Here and now”
6.WXRT 93.1-FM Lin Brehmer
7. WGN 720-AM John Williams
8. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Rob Hart; WLS 94.7-FM Erin Carman
10. (tie) WOJO 105.1-FM Rafael “El Primo Rafa” Bautista; WTMX 101.9-FM Lisa Allen

Here are Chicago Radio’s top 10 afternoon shows from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen:

1.WVAZ 102.7-FM Joe Soto
2. (tie) WDRV 97.1-FM Steve Seaver and Janda Lane; WLIT 93.9-FM Mick Lee
4. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Keith Johnson and Lisa Fielding; WBEZ 91.5-FM “All things Considered”; “Market”
6.WTMX 101.9-FM Casey McCabe and Jenny Valliere
7. (tie) WXRT 93.1-FM Marty Lennartz; WUSN 99.5-FM Scotty Kay
9.WLS 94.7-FM Tim Virgin
10.WCHI 95.5-FM Josh Klinger

Here are Chicago Radio’s top 10 evening shows from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen:

1.WVAZ 102.7-FM Keith Sweatshirt
2.WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Bob Conway; Andy Dahn
3.WFMT 98.7-FM Kerry Frumkin
4. WLIT 93.9-FM Dalila Rene
5.WDRV 97.1-FM John “Byrd” Kempf
6.WUSN 99.5-FM Rob Stone and Holly Hutton
7.WGCI 107.5-FM Zach Boog
8. (tie) WSCR 670-AM Chicago Cubs baseball; Gabe Ramirez; “BetMGM Tonight”; WBEZ 91.5-FM ” Marketplace ” ; “The Daily”; “Fresh air”; “1A”; “BBC World Service”
10. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM; WCHI 95.5-FM maria palm tree

(Copyright © 2022 The Nielsen Company.)


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