New NuVoodoo Study: Over 40% of Those Likely to Participate in Ratings Say They’ve Gotten Out of the Habit of Listening to Local Morning Radio Shows

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  • Nearly Half of Radio’s Heaviest Listeners Likely to Say “Yes” to Nielsen Admit to Falling Out of the Morning Listening Habit – But This Same Group Gives High Marks to Radio’s Ability to Make Them “Laugh Out Loud”

CINCINNATI, OH, July 19, 2021NuVoodoo Media Services, a data-driven media research, marketing and content intelligence provider, announces that findings from its recently completed Ratings Prospects Study 18 reveal that more than 40% of those 14-54 year-old radio listeners most likely to participate in ratings say that they have gotten out of the habit of listening to local morning radio shows. NuVoodoo will be presenting Ratings Prospects Study 18 results in a series of webinars beginning on Wednesday July 21st. Interested attendees can sign up for free at

The study, conducted in June with over 3,000 14-54 year-old radio listeners, shows that 21% of overall study respondents say they’ve “gotten out of the habit of listening to local morning radio shows” since the start of the pandemic. That number rises to 27% among the heaviest FM listeners (those who listen to FM at least an hour a day).

Approximately one in five respondents within NuVoodoo’s study sample profile as likely to participate in PPM or diary methodology (“RPS Yes”).  Yet, 41% of that group say they’ve gotten out of the habit of listening to local morning radio shows – and that number rises to 48% among the small, but critical subset of the “RPS Yes” ratings likelies who listen to broadcast radio at least an hour a day (“RPS 60”) and can make or break ratings.

Leigh Jacobs, EVP, Research, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “It will be critical for morning shows to be at their very best as we approach back-to-school season and more workers resume their morning commutes. While many music radio morning show users listen for music alone, the majority include hosts in their calculus (and some listeners just want to hear the hosts). Most morning listeners place humor high in their ranking of needs. The good news is that radio continues to get a laugh from those most important listeners.”

36% of those in NuVoodoo’s overall sample say they “laughed out loud at something on the radio” within the last week. That number rises to over 50% among the “RPS Yes” ratings likelies and climbs to nearly 70% among the TSL-heavy “RPS 60” ratings likelies.

PJ Kling, VP, Marketing, NuVoodoo Media Services commented: “Morning shows aren’t the only sources of laughs on radio, but they’re certainly the hub for much of the humorous content. Luckily, our findings show the audience would view as credible any marketing messages about delivering laughs in the morning. There are incredible tools available that can help deliver a free sample of “funny” that broadcasters can leverage to remind the audience where to rediscover funny content and to make morning humor on the radio a habit once more. We’ll be sharing the list of optimal marketing channels and tactics in our upcoming webinar series.”

Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, noted: “Of course, not all formats are striving for “funny.” Some need to deliver good feelings – and we’ve looked at that issue in Ratings Prospects Study 18, as well.” Gilbert added: “NuVoodoo develops free Ratings Prospect Study presentations twice a year to support our partners in the industry. But I cannot think of a time when study findings are more critical to radio’s success path than the data we’ll share during our upcoming “Reboot the Commute” webinars in July and August.“

In its free summer webinar for radio professionals, NuVoodoo will dive deeper into its new study findings and review data about the return to the workplace and what that means for radio. The 45-minute webinar, “Reboot the Commute” will cover topics essential to radio for capitalizing on rising PUMM levels and leveraging increased average quarter hour ratings. The webinar will reveal not only how listeners in general think, but also that all-important subset likely to participate in the radio ratings. NuVoodoo’s marketing and research experts will take attendee questions following the presentation.

Other topics include:

  • Impact of new car audio entertainment systems on radio
  • Smart speakers, streaming and podcasts
  • Most-used social and digital channels, including an update on OTT (Over the Top) video
  • Where likely ratings participants notice radio station marketing campaigns
  • Tune-in catalysts: what actually causes listeners to switch or listen more
  • National and local contest mechanisms and prizes
  • What drives those willing to wear a meter or fill out a diary
  • A deep dive on ratings likelies who listen to the radio for an hour or more each day: this small fraction of the overall audience is what makes or breaks station ratings

Register NOW for any one of NuVoodoo’s free webinar sessions on Wednesday, July 21st (1pm Eastern); Tuesday, July 27th (12 Noon Eastern); Thursday, July 29th (2pm Eastern); or Wednesday August 4th(3pm Eastern) at:

FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, at: cg@nuvoodoo.comor at 888.9VooDoo (888.986.6366).

About NuVoodoo Media Services

NuVoodoo Media Services provides data-driven digital, social and direct marketing and programming and content intelligence to the radio, television, newspaper, music and retail industries through innovative new research and marketing products and services that give clients a winning edge. NuVoodoo also provides customized and proprietary web-based research designed to connect music lovers with the music they love most. NuVoodoo Founder and President, Carolyn Gilbert, has been the radio industry’s foremost research strategist for more than 30 years. NuVoodoo brings fresh thinking and lower costs to media research, including a budget-friendly barter for services model. A “virtual” company, attracting the best people from all over, NuVoodoo has offices in Cincinnati, Austin, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Columbus, OH, and Middletown, OH. More information may be found by visiting

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