Chicago radio ratings: The Mix and The Drive take it to the top

Hubbard Radio Chicago

Hubbard Radio Chicago delivered a one-two punch in the Nielsen Audio survey, with two of its powerhouse stations leading the market in ratings released Wednesday.

WTMX 101.9-FM, the hot-adult contemporary station known as The Mix, finished first for the third consecutive month, followed this time by WDRV 97.1-FM, the classic rock station known as The Drive.

Drew Horowitz

Sentimental staffers viewed the double victory as a gift from the ratings gods to longtime radio executive Drew Horowitz, who announced last month he's retiring at the end of the year as president and chief operating officer of Hubbard Radio. Earlier in his tenure Horowitz was instrumental in the development of both The Mix and The Drive.

The company's winning streak also was reflected in mornings, middays and afternoons.

Eric Ferguson, Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch of The Mix again finished first in mornings. In third place were Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle of The Drive, with Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat Cassidy of Entercom all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM in between.

In middays, Bob Stroud of The Drive and Lisa Allen of The Mix tied for first place. Greg Brown of Cumulus Media classic hits WLS 94.7-FM was third.

In afternoons, Steve Seaver and Janda Lane of The Drive were first, Kevin “Koz” Koske and Jennifer Roberts of The Mix were second, and Mick Lee of iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT 93.9-FM was third.

Note: In accordance with Nielsen’s publishing guidelines, I cannot report actual audience shares other than those for the full week (below). For mornings, middays, afternoons and evenings, I can list only their rankings — not specific shares.

Here are Chicago’s top 30 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio from May 23 to June 19, followed by format and average quarter-hour share of listeners age 6 and older (with previous month’s share in parentheses):

1. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 5.6 (5.9)
2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.1 (4.7)
3. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 4.8 (5.5); WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.8 (4.5)
5. WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 4.3 (5.2)
6. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 4.2 (3.9)
7. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 3.9 (4.2)
8. WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 3.7 (3.5)
9. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.5 (3.6)
10. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.4 (3.7)
11. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.2 (3.1)
12. (tie) WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.0 (2.9); WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 3.0 (3.0); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 3.0 (2.9)
15. WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.9 (2.8)
16. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.8 (2.7); WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary,2.8 (2.7)
18. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.7 (3.0)
19. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 2.5 (2.8)
20. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.2 (1.8)
21. WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.1 (1.8)
22. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.0 (1.9)
23. WPWX 92.3-FM urban contemporary, 1.9 (1.8)
24. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.7 (1.6)
25. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.6 (1.8)
26. WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 1.3 (1.5)
27. (tie) WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian, 1.2 (1.0); WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.2 (1.4)
29. WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 1.0 (1.1)
30. WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 0.8 (0.9)

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

1. WTMX 101.9-FM Eric Ferguson, Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat Cassidy
3. WDRV 97.1-FM Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle
4. (tie) WSCR 670-AM Mike Mulligan and David Haugh; WGN 720-AM Steve Cochran
6. WKSC 103.5-FM Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Angi Taylor
7. (tie) WLS 94.7-FM Dave Fogel and Kim Berk; WOJO 105.1-FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado
9. WVAZ 102.7-FM Steve Harvey
10. WXRT 93.1-FM Lin Brehmer and Mary Dixon

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

1. (tie) WDRV 97.1-FM Bob Stroud; WTMX 101.9-FM Lisa Allen
3. WLS 94.7-FM Greg Brown
4. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Cisco Cotto and Kris Kridel
5. WLIT 93.9-FM Robin Rock
6. WOJO 105.1-FM Rafael “El Primo Rafa” Bautista
7. (tie) WXRT 93.1-FM Terri Hemmert; Marty Lennartz; WVAZ 102.7-FM Bioncé Foxx
9. WBMX 104.3-FM Diana Steele
10. (tie) WGN 720-AM Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder; John Williams; WLS 890-AM Chris Plante; Rush Limbaugh

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

1. WDRV 97.1-FM Steve Seaver and Janda Lane
2. WTMX 101.9-FM Kevin “Koz” Koske and Jennifer Roberts
3. WLIT 93.9-FM Mick Lee
4. WLS 94.7-FM Ron Parker
5. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Keith Johnson and Lisa Fielding
6. WVAZ 102.7-FM Joe Soto
7. WKSC 103.5-FM Brady Broski
8. WSCR 670-AM Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins; Cubs baseball
9. WBMX 104.3-FM Sean “Sonic” Leckie
10. WKQX 101.1-FM Tim Virgin

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

1. WSCR 670-AM Joe Ostrowski; Julie DiCaro; Cubs baseball
2. WVAZ 102.7-FM Chris Michaels
3. WBMX 104.3-FM Julian Jumpin’ Perez
4. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Mariam Sobh; Bob Conway; WLIT 93.9-FM Delilah Rene
6. WLS 94.7-FM Brian Peck
7. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Julia Lepidi; WKSC 103.5-FM Erik Zachary
9. (tie) WDRV 97.1-FM Phil Manicki; WGCI 107.5-FM DJ MoonDawg (Michael Muniz); WTMX 101.9-FM Nikki Imbracsio

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