Chicago radio ratings: The Mix moves back to No. 1

Hubbard Radio/WTMX

WTMX 101.9-FM, the Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary station, seesawed back into the top spot in August, trading places with classic rock sibling WDRV 97.1-FM in the latest Nielsen Audio survey.

The Mix also ranked first in mornings with Eric Ferguson, Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch, and in afternoons with Kevin “Koz” Koske and Jennifer Roberts.

The Drive took midday honors with Bob Stroud, while Entercom sports/talk WSCR 670-AM moved up to first place in evenings with Cubs baseball broadcasts and hosts Joe Ostrowski and Julie DiCaro.

Among other big winners were two iHeartMedia stations — Top 40 WKSC 103.5-FM and adult contemporary WLIT 93.9-FM — which boosted their overall shares and landed top 10 spots in mornings, middays, afternoons and evenings.

Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN 720-AM fell to 16th place with its lowest share since December, tying with Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM. Cumulus Media news/talk WLS 890-AM remained in 20th place, though its share dropped one-tenth.

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 July 18 to August 14, 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, 5.7 (5.2)
2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.4 (5.4)
3. WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.0 (4.9)
4. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 4.8 (4.8)
5. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 4.5 (4.3)
6. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 4.1 (3.8)
7. (tie) WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.8 (3.3); WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 3.8 (4.0)
9. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.5 (3.8)
10. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 3.4 (3.0)
11. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 3.1 (3.3); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 3.1 (2.8)
13. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.0 (3.1)
14. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.9 (3.0); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.9 (3.1)
16. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 2.8 (2.7); WGN 720-AM news talk, 2.8 (3.0);
18. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.6 (2.8)
19. WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 2.5 (2.8)
20. WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.1 (2.2)
21. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.0 (1.9)
22. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.9 (1.9)
23. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.6 (1.6)
24. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.5 (1.4)
25. WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.4 (1.5)
26. WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 1.1 (1.3)
27. WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian, 1.0 (1.5)
28. WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 0.9 (0.8)
29. WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 0.8 (0.8)
30. WSSR 96.7-FM adult contemporary, 0.6 (0.3)

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. WLIT 93.9-FM Melissa Forman
5. WSCR 670-AM Mike Mulligan and David Haugh
6. WVAZ 102.7-FM Steve Harvey
7. WOJO 105.1-FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado
8. WKSC 103.5-FM Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Angi Taylor
9. WLS 94.7-FM Dave Fogel and Kim Berk
10. WBEZ 91.5-FM “Morning Edition” and “Morning Shift” with Jennifer White

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. WDRV 97.1-FM Bob Stroud
2. WTMX 101.9-FM Lisa Allen
3. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Cisco Cotto and Rob Hart; WLIT 93.9-FM Robin Rock; WLS 94.7-FM Greg Brown; WVAZ 102.7-FM Bioncé Foxx
7. WXRT 93.1-FM Richard Milne
8. WSHE 100.3-FM Lisa Kosty
9. WKSC 103.5-FM Ryan Seacrest
10. (tie) WKQX 101.1-FM Lauren O'Neil; WLS 890-AM Chris Plante; Rush Limbaugh; WOJO 105.1-FM Rafael “El Primo Rafa” Bautista

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

1. WTMX 101.9-FM Kevin “Koz” Koske and Jennifer Roberts
2. WDRV 97.1-FM Steve Seaver and Janda Lane
3. WKSC 103.5-FM Brady Broski
4. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Keith Johnson and Lisa Fielding; WVAZ 102.7-FM Joe Soto
6. WLIT 93.9-FM Mick Lee
7. WKQX 101.1-FM Tim Virgin
8. (tie) WLS 94.7-FM Ron Parker; WSCR 670-AM Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins
10. WXRT 93.1-FM Marty Lennartz; WRME 87.7-FM

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. WLIT 93.9-FM Delilah Rene
5. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Mariam Sobh; Bob Conway
6. WKSC 103.5-FM Erik Zachary
7. (tie) WDRV 97.1-FM Phil Manicki; WTMX 101.1-FM Nikki Imbracsio
9. WGCI 107.5-FM DJ MoonDawg (Michael Muniz)
10. WLS 94.7-FM Brian Peck

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Monday’s comment of the day: John Kroll: I was an intern at the Muskegon (Mich.) Chronicle when Larry [Yellen] was a reporter there. The newsroom as a whole seemed disturbingly disgruntled, but Larry was clearly a star in the making and yet also encouraging to the newbie from Chicago. I’m glad he gets to go out on his own terms and enjoy life.