- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Pop music station WIHT-FM (99.5) became one of the Washington area’s 10 most popular radio stations in the summer, according to Arbitron Inc. ratings released yesterday.

The station, which plays music from the likes of Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, ranked eighth among listeners 12 and older, up from 15th place in summer 2002. It marked the first time WIHT has cracked the top 10 since owner Clear Channel Communications Inc. changed its call letters and flipped its format from “jammin’ oldies” in April 2001.

Other big gainers in Arbitron’s summer sweepstakes include the Sports Junkies, the morning drive team at Infinity Broadcasting’s alternative rock music station, WHFS-FM (99.1).

The Junkies came within a hair of besting arch-rival Elliot Segal of Clear Channel-owned rocker WWDC-FM (101.1) among listeners between 18 and 34, the demographic both stations target.

In the Not-So-Hot File: ABC-owned adult-pop music station WRQX-FM (107.3), which slipped to 13th place from eighth place last summer. Among listeners between 25 and 54, the demographic most stations target, WRQX dropped from fourth place to seventh place.

Arbitron had few surprises for local radio executives yesterday.

Urban music stations WPGC-FM (95.5), WMMJ-FM (102.3), WKYS-FM (93.9) and WHUR-FM (96.3) placed first, second, third and fifth among listeners 12 and older. All-news station WTOP (1500 AM and 107.7 FM) ranked fourth.

Among adults 25 to 54, the top five stations were WMMJ, WPGC, WHUR, jazz station WJZW (105.9) and WKYS.

On the move

Clear Channel-owned soft rock music station WASH-FM (97.1) moves afternoon host Loo Katz to morning drive on Oct. 21, where he will be paired with Lori Brooks. WASH’s former morning man, Bill Worthington, replaces Mr. Katz in the afternoons.

On Monday, Erica Hilary, WASH’s afternoon traffic reporter, joined adult pop music station WWZZ-FM (104.1), where she delivers news, weather and traffic during morning drive. Mrs. Hilary and cohort Debra Leigh will bring their Sunday evening “Girl Talk” show from WASH to WWZZ on Oct. 26.

WASH ranked 12th among listeners 12 and older and 10th among adults 25 to 54 in the summer Arbitrons. WWZZ ranked 16th among the 12-and-older crowd and 14th among adults 25 to 54.

This just in…

• A Rockville bar patron dropped his pants for the camera twice during a live report on Montgomery County’s smoking ban on WRC-TV’s 11 p.m. newscast Monday. “You can’t control the bad behavior of people during live shots,” said Angela Owens, a Channel 4 spokeswoman.

• Sportscaster Steve Davis returned to the airwaves at WUSA-TV (Channel 9) last week. The station demoted him from sports director in March before pulling him off the air altogether, although he remained on the CBS affiliate’s payroll and worked behind the scenes. He will now do periodic sports reports, management said.

• WUSA and CNN denied a report yesterday on FTVLive.com, an industry Web site, that the CBS affiliate is courting CNN anchor Miles O’Brien.

Call Chris Baker at 202/636-3139 or send e-mail to cbaker@washingtontimes.com.

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