Cochran leads WGN ratings upswing

Led by morning personality Steve Cochran, who posted a 30 percent increase in audience share, WGN AM 720 rebounded in the latest monthly ratings.

Nielsen Audio figures for October 9 to November 5 showed the Tribune Media news/talk station moving up from a tie for 12th place overall the previous month to seventh. WGN improved at least marginally in every time period.

Again No. 1 in mornings were Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat Cassidy of CBS Radio all-news WBBM AM 780/WCFS FM 105.9, followed by Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart of Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary WTMX FM 101.9.

Eric & Kathy also were tops in mornings by a huge margin among women between 25 and 54. Leading in mornings among men between 25 and 54 were Raul Molinar, Sylvia del Valle and Andres Maldonado of Univision Radio regional Mexican WOJO FM 105.1.

Nonstop Christmas music began airing November 14 on iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT FM 93.9. As a result, the next two monthly ratings reports are likely to be skewed heavily by the popular format.

Here’s a look at Chicago’s top 10 morning shows as measured by Nielsen Audio among all listeners age 6 and older from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, followed by average share of audience (with previous month’s share in parentheses).

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