New York is the biggest radio market in the country with an audience of around 15.7 million.
Hot 97 (WQHT-FM) is a Rhythmic CHR format, which means they mostly play crossover records or chart music that follows the ‘conventions’ of RnB/Hip Hop and sometimes Dance music. They are owned by Emmis Communications.
Hot 97 boasts some famous on air personalities such as Funkmaster Flex, Angie Martinez and Mister Cee. The station has a controversial history but as ratings show, controversy can cause listeners to keep tuning in.
Ratings figures from December 2010 to March 2011 (in millions)
Power 105 (WWPR-FM) follows a Mainstream Urban format. This means that they will often play newer Hip Hop & RnB records to appease their young demographic.
Power 105’s most recognizable personalities include Angela Yee, Charlemagne and DJ Envy.
The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications.
Will the NY Radio Wars show a ratings increase in April – due to the Mister Cee controversy?