Mar 4, 2024 - Business

Audacy stations dominate January ratings

Data: Radio Online; Axios Visuals
Data: Radio Online; Axios Visuals

January was a banner month for Audacy-owned Chicago radio stations.

Big picture: The radio company had filed for bankruptcy in January, but that didn't stop stations like WBBM-AM, WXRT-FM and WSCR-AM, who all outperformed last month.

  • George Soros' investment firm now controls Audacy after a deal struck in February.

Winners: The Score (WSCR-AM) entered the top 10 for the first time in months, riding listeners' interest in the NFL playoffs while leading the conversation about the Bears QB position.

Losers: It's hard to say WLIT-FM is a loser, but the No. 1 station in Chicago dropped nine points from its record 16.0 share over the holidays, when it played nonstop holiday music.

The intrigue: All talk stations jumped in January, perhaps because of interest in the upcoming 2024 election season.

Of note: These ratings don't break down precisely when people are tuning in, nor specific listener demographics.

Disclosure: Justin Kaufmann has worked for a number of these stations.

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