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Posted on: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Radio ratings show KSSK staying on top

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

KSSK FM has retained its No. 1 slot on the radio dial, bumping sister station KDNN FM to third place in the just-out Arbitron ratings. And KINE FM has moved up a notch to No. 2.

In morning drive, KSSK’s Michael W. Perry and Larry Price logged some of their best ratings results in three or four years, with a formidable surge to remain the most-listened-to radio team.

Said Chuck Cotton, new marketing manager of Clear Channel Hawaii, a seven-station conglomerate that includes flagship station KSSK, "We’re always thrilled to see KSSK re-emerge on top," he said. "But we also think that Island Rhythms (KDNN) is still performing well. It could be seasonal, with different formats rising and falling."

All of Clear Channel’s stations are currently in the top 10.

In morning drive, Rick Hamada’s a.m. talk show on KHVH AM has re-entered the Top 10 at No. 8 after a brief absence; Lanai & Augie T., the hot duo at KDNN, remained in the third spot in the morning, though their share has diminished. KIKI FM (simulcast with KIKI AM) is No. 5 in the morning and No. 8 overall, and KUCD FM, eked out the 10th slot overall.

In other ratings highlights:

Cotton said that it’s possible that the contemporary music is in a momentary dip, with the more traditional sounds up a bit.

KINE FM posted the largest gain in 6 a.m.-midnight numbers, good for No. 2.

KRTR FM suffered the largest drop in that time period, translating to the No. 9 position (from No. 5); the station also dropped in morning drive.

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