By Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist Published Jul 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM Photography:

When you think of the top radio stations in our market, which ones come to mind?

I always take ratings with a grain of salt, especially with Arbitron and personal people meters (PPM). In our area, it is up to people wearing these technological devices who determine the top stations being listened to, and in the end, the ones who can attract more dollars to run advertisements.

I like to think that local stations that invest in personalities to deliver programing will win out about above all else. And I think that still holds true.

Clear Channel had three of its stations take the top spots in June. The leader is country music powershouse WMIL-FM with an 11.2. Oldies station WRIT-FM is second with 7.9 and WISN-AM is third with an 7.5.

Journal Communication’s WTMJ-AM 620 is fourth with a 6.6, and I have to wonder if that number would be better had the Brewers had a better season going.  Entercom’s WMYX-FM 99.1 is in at No. 5 with a 6.4 and WLUM-FM 102.1 is next with a 5.1. According to program director Jacent Jackson, the latest numbers are some of the strongest the Milwaukee Radio station has had since its Hot 102 days. It’s sister station B93.3 took 9th with a 4.5.

Four our 3-station sports race, WSSP-AM 1250 leads the pack with a 0.6 rating.

Below are the June rankings that are available to the public for stations that subscribe to Arbitron – which not all of the ones in earshot do. So, you won’t see 96.5 WKLH-FM or 102.9 The Hog WHQG-FM on this list.

WMIL-FM            11.2
WRIT-FM             7.9
WISN-AM            7.5
WTMJ-AM          6.6
WMYX-FM          6.4

WLUM-FM          5.1
WXSS-FM            5.0
WLWK-FM          4.6
WLDB-FM            4.5

WKKV-FM           3.9
WRNW-FM         3.2
WUWM-FM       1.7
WHAD-FM          1.4
WSSP-AM           0.6

WYMS-FM          0.5
WMSE-FM          0.4
WZTI-AM             0.3
WOKY-AM          0.1

NASCAR MOVES: On Tuesday NBC announced that it signed a 10-year deal with NASCAR to televise Cup races and Nationwide Series events starting in 2015.

That means, after eight years, NASCAR will end its run with ESPN next year.

"ESPN has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with NASCAR," said ESPN president John Skipper in a statement.

"We have tremendous respect for the France family, the drivers and all in the sport and wish them well. We will continue to serve NASCAR fans through SportsCenter and our other news platforms as we continue to enhance our industry-leading collection of quality assets. We are looking forward to the start of our Sprint Cup season and will continue with our deep commitment to the highest quality coverage."

NBC is hoping to bring in a larger audience for sports coverage, and a number of the races will be used as a lead-in to its "Sunday Night Football" coverage.

BANDANNA: The folks at "Fox and Friends" are going to find out that "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" when Brett Michaels performs on the Fox News Network at 7 a.m. on Friday morning. The former Poison singer is the latest to take part in the news show’s summer concert series.

I know Michaels holds a special place in our close to our hearts judging alone by the more than a few women I’ve talked to from Wisconsin that applied for VH1’s "Rock of Love" back in the day.

Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist

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