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NPR’s Books Editor Petra Mayer Dies at 46

Barnes says the former books editor died abruptly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland of what’s considered to be a pulmonary embolism. 

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NPR is mourning the loss of its Culture desk books editor as Petra Mayer died at 46. The media outlet’s senior vice president for news, Nancy Barnes, announced Mayer’s death in an email to their staff. 

Barnes says the former books editor died abruptly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland of what’s considered to be a pulmonary embolism. 

“Petra was NPR through and through,” Barnes wrote. “To say that Petra will be missed simply seems inadequate.”

Before becoming the books editor, Mayer was an associate producer and director on the weekends for “All Things Considered,” the radio network’s flagship news program. 

“This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us at NPR, our member stations, and the millions of listeners in the public radio family,” an NPR statement said. “Petra’s passion for her work, her love for her colleagues, and her joy sharing books with public radio listeners have made a lasting impact.”

Mayer’s NPR colleagues stated that they’d remember her for the smarts she displayed, sarcastic humor, and loyalty.

“She is like the keeper of a certain wonderfulness of NPR,” Rose Friedman, a books and culture editor, said. “She is the spirit of the place.” 

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KYW, WPHT Deliver Results in Philadelphia Winter Ratings Book

Among the 12+ crowd, KYW delivered a 6.3, fifth place finish in both weekday prime, and full week.

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With Audacy headquartered in Philadelphia, the city is well-served by the news and talk radio brands KYW Newsradio and 1210 WPHT. During the winter ratings period, KYW continued its strong performance with consumers in the City of Brotherly Love.

The all-news KYW earned its best numbers in morning drive (6a-10a). With Persons 35-64, the all-news station earned a 7.9 share, good for fourth. Meanwhile, in Persons 25-54, the station generated a 4.3 share to finish tied for ninth. KYW also delivered an impressive 7.6 share with Persons 12+ to rank third overall.

In the 10a-3p midday timeslot, the station produced a 4.6 share inside the Persons 35-64 demographic to finish eighth. KYW secured a 3.2 share as well with Persons 25-54 to rank eleventh. Among the 12+ demo, KYW landed a 5.7 share to place sixth.

Afternoon drive (3p-7p) saw slightly higher shares for the brand compared to middays, with a 5.5, fifth place showing in the Persons 35-64 demo. KYW landed a 4.6, tenth place finish with Persons 25-54. The drive time slot performed the same as middays, registering a 5.7 share, sixth-place toe.

In weekday prime (M-F, 6a-7p), KYW earned a 6.0 with Persons 35-64, marking a fifth-place finish. It garnered a 3.9 share in the Persons 25-54 demographic, finishing eleventh. The station also scored a 6.0 share for the full week (M-Su, 6a-12a) with Persons 35-64, and a 4.2 share, tenth place result with Persons 25-54. Among the 12+ crowd, KYW delivered a 6.3, fifth place finish in both weekday prime, and full week.

At Audacy-owned sister station 1210 WPHT, the 12+ story stood out above the the 25-54 and 35-64 results. Morning drive with Kayal and Company which features Nick Kayal, Dawn Stensland and Greg Stocker earned a 1.9 share with Persons 35-64, and a 1.3 share with Persons 25-54. However, in the Persons 12+ demo, the show grabbed a 3.9 share, best on the station for the book.

1210 WPHT splits middays (10a-3p) between The Dawn Stensland Show and The Dom Giordano Program. The daypart fared better with Persons 35-64, scoring a 1.8 share compared to a 1.0 share with Persons 25-54. With the 12+ demo, the timeslot gained even more ground, finishing with a 3.4 share.

Turning to afternoon drive, The Rich Zeoli Show occupies the entire 3p-7p daypart. For the quarter, Zeoli snagged a 2.3 share with Persons 35-64, and a 0.9 share with Persons 25-54. Zeoli’s share among Persons 35-64 was best on the station for the quarter. Switching to 12+, the afternoon show notched a 3.4 share for the quarter.

In weekday prime (M-F, 6a-7p), the news/talk outlet popped a 2.0 share with Persons 35-64, and dropped to a 1.1 share among Persons 25-54. For the full week, WPHT recorded a 1.5 share with Persons 35-64, and a 0.8 share with Persons 25-54. Among 12+, WPHT had a 3.6 share in weekday prime, and a 3.0 for the full week.

All numbers for KYW and WPHT include both over the air and streaming. Ratings information for Salem Media Group’s AM 990 The Answer was not available.

Ratings reports and analysis are written by BNM and sponsored by Crowd React Media, a division of Harker Bos Group. Learn more about the different ways media research can benefit your station and cut through the noise by clicking here.

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104.5 WOKV Named Station of the Year By Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists

“We’re thrilled to receive FABJ’s highest honor. This recognition is a testament to the power of radio and its unique ability to connect with our listeners.”

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104.5 WOKV in Jacksonville has been named the Radio Station of the Year by the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists.

The station, which is programmed by Jim Graci, also won the award for Best Breaking News Coverage for following Hurricane Idalia by April Davis, Rich Jones, and Mike Buresh. It also won the award for Best Anchor (Team), for Jacksonville’s Morning News with Davis and Jones.

“We’re thrilled to receive FABJ’s highest honor. This recognition is a testament to the power of radio and its unique ability to connect with our listeners,” said Vice President and General Manager Jimmy Farrell. “It reflects WOKV’s unwavering dedication to delivering high-quality news and information to our community.”

104.5 WOKV was also a finalist for Best Radio Newscast for its efforts tracking the Dollar General mass shooting in the city.

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Kim Tunnicliffe Exits WBZ NewsRadio After 26 Years

“I’m taking time to decide what I want to do next, but in the meantime, I want to thank all the (people) I’ve interviewed over the years…”

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Longtime WBZ NewsRadio reporter Kim Tunnicliffe has announced she has exited the iHeartMedia-owned stations as part of a round of downsizing.

In a post to X, Tunnicliffe shared that there are things she will not miss about the job, but thanked those who trusted her with their stories.

“Some personal news to share. After 26 (years) at WBZ Radio, I’ve been let go due to corporate budget cuts. Quite the shock, but I’m taking some time for me, and spending lots of (quality time with) my pets. They love having me home & honestly, I don’t miss the hellish Boston commute,” she wrote.

“I’m taking time to decide what I want to do next, but in the meantime, I want to thank all the (people) I’ve interviewed over the years, (especially) the everyday folks who welcomed me into their homes as if I were family. Thank you for trusting me (with) your stories. It’s been an absolute honor!”

Since joining the station in 1998, Kim Tunnicliffe has covered a variety of topics, including crime, human interest stories, and politics for the Boston all-news station.

It is unclear how many, if any, other employees of the station have been affected by the cost-cutting measures.

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