PPM Monthlies: Arbitron released its PPM (Personal People Meter) radio ratings for June on Tuesday, July 8th. Lite FM (WLTW, 106.7) remained in the top spot, with a 7.1 audience share, gaining on #2 WCBS-FM (101.1) and #3 WBLS (107.5 FM), which earned a 6.3 and a 5.6 share, respectively. Gainers this month include Mega (WSKQ, 97.9 FM), up 0.4 share to 5.5, and Fresh 102.7 (WWFS), up 0.4 to 3.3, while stations losing ground include WFAN (660 AM), down 0.7 to 3.1, and WABC (770 AM), down 0.3 to 1.3.
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.