PPM Monthlies: Arbitron released its PPM (Personal People Meter) radio ratings for August on Tuesday, September 2nd. WCBS-FM (101.1) enjoyed its second month in the #1 spot, earning a 6.9 audience share, and holding a significant lead over perennial ratings leader, Lite FM (WLTW, 106.7), which slipped to a 6.1 share. WBLS (107.5 FM) and Mega (WSKQ, 97.9 FM) followed, with a 5.5 and 5.2 share, respectively. Gaining this month was WNYC-FM (93.9), up 0.3 to a 2.7 share.
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: 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. Four months after the ESPN sports format moved to the 98.7 FM frequency, ESPN has brought its Spanish-language sports format, ESPN Deportes Radio, to 1050 AM. Beginning on September 7th, the station will feature two local weekday sports talk shows, along with syndicated programming and sportscasts.