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Country, Christmas & public radio top latest Boise radio charts

The twice-yearly ritual of rating the Boise radio market ended last month. And now, the results from Nielsen Audio are in.

Among the widest demographic measure, people 12 years and older, Impact Radio’s 101.9 The Bull beat all other stations to take the crown. It saw a significant increase from the spring of 2019 – rising from a 4.5 share to 6.3 share.

In second place Townsquare Media’s 107.9 Lite FM. That station, which plays pop music aimed at adults most of the time flipped to Christmas music in November for the last portion of the ratings period. It more than doubled its spring share – from a 2.7 to a 6.2. The station also saw a challenger in its format for the first time, Magic 97.9 FM. That station was flat from its previous country format.

[Changes on the airwaves at four Boise radio stations]

Third place went to KBSX, 91.5 FM – Boise State Public Radio’s NPR outlet. It also saw a strong increase, from 3.7 to 5.6.

Another Impact station, Wild 101 took fourth place, with a 5.2 share – its best result in two years. Stalwart news station KBOI-AM, owned by Cumulus Media, notched a 5.0. Impact’s 96.1 Bob FM also pulled down a 5.0.

Among the commercial radio groups in town, Impact Radio saw the best result far and away. The only locally owned broadcaster grabbed 24.5 share. Second place Townsquare Media lagged far behind at 16.0. Cumulus Media came in third at 15.9. Lotus Communications, formerly Scripps had a 13 share of the market.

Fall 2019 Boise Radio Ratings

StationOwnerFall ’19 share, 12+
101.9 The BullImpact6.3
107.9 Lite FmTownsquare6.2
KBSX 91.5Boise State5.6
Wild 101Impact5.2
News Talk 670Cumulus5.0
96.1 Bob FMImpact5.0
96.9 The EagleCumulus4.7
KTSY-FMNon-comm4.1
100.3 The XLotus3.9
94.9 The RiverLotus3.9
My 102.7Impact3.5
KIDO Talk RadioTownsquare3.0
107.1 K-HitsLotus2.8
KBSU ClassicalBoise State2.4
J-105Lotus2.4
103.5 Kiss FMTownsquare2.4
93.1 KTIKCumulus2.2
Mix 106Townsquare2.1
Magic 97.9Cumulus2.1
104.3 Wow CountryTownsquare1.9
Kissin 92.3Cumulus1.9

Disclosure: I’m a semi-regular unpaid contributor to KBSX’s Idaho Matters program.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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