PPM Monthlies: Arbitron released its PPM (Personal People Meter) radio ratings for December on Tuesday, December 23rd. Enjoying its annual Christmas music ratings boost, Lite FM (WLTW, 106.7) regained the top spot with a 7.7 audience share. WCBS-FM (101.1), with a 6.9 share, settled for the #2 spot, with Z-100 (WHTZ, 100.3 FM), Mega (WSKQ, 97.9 FM) and WBLS (107.5 FM) following, with a 5.6 share, a 5.4 share, and a 5.3 share, respectively.
Back to the Family: After announcing its intention to sell off all but one of its Radio Disney stations nationwide, ABC/Disney has sold its local outlet, WQEW (1560 AM) to Family Stations for $12,950,000. Following FCC approval, 1560 will return Family`s fundamentalist religious programming to the NYC area, about two years after Family Radio sold WFME (94.7 FM), now WNSH, "NASH FM" to Cumulus. The WFME call letters have been parked at a Mount Kisco station (106.3 FM) since 2012.
Urban/Suburban: Cumulus debuted its new Urban AC formatted station, WNBM (103.9 FM), on July 4th, remaking the Westchester-based Adult Contemporary WFAS-FM as "Radio 103.9" and moving its 600W transmitter to the Bronx. The station features Tom Joyner in morning drive, Sharon Montero middays, and D.L. Hughley in PM drive; Ken Johnson is the Program Director.
Radio Newsbriefs: WBGO (88.3 FM) has introduced a new weekly jazz program, "Jazz Night in America". Hosted by bassist Christian McBride, the show will feature live performances from across the nation, along with background material. "Jazz Night in America" is a collaboration between WBGO, NPR, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and airs Sundays at 6 PM, repeated Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. WWRL (1600 AM) has adopted a Spanish-language format as of January 1st, ending ten years of talk radio. The station is featuring Regional Mexican music.