Phil Upton's breakfast show has helped recover BBC WM's audience figures, after the station was hit by the backlash of Adrian Goldberg's departure.
The station's weekly audience numbers plunged last quarter dropping 78,000 to 275,000. But the latest figures from industry body RAJAR suggest the station's weekly reach has crept back up 15.6 per cent to 318,000.
A spokeswoman for Radio WM said: "The latest audience figures are good news. More people are listening to the station every week and they are listening for longer. We've increased our share of audience by more than two per cent when other local rivals are struggling.
"Phil Upton has made a strong start as our breakfast show presenter, as we knew he would do, and with Les Ross about to join full time, BBC WM is in good shape."
The figures were part of a mixed result for the region's stations, despite RAJAR reporting listener numbers reached a record high, with new audiences tuning in via the internet.
More than 45 million people in the UK are listening each week – the highest figure since RAJAR's figures started in 1992.
But competition is still fierce and GCap's BRMB saw listener figures decline this quarter – down 6.6 per cent from 483,000 to 453,000. Marketing controller Phil Barton-Ancliffe said the station, in Birmingham's Brindleyplace, had expected the dip and did not feel it a cause for concern.
He said: "It is no great shock. The figures are about where we expected them to be and year-on-year our audience figures are not too different."
Mr Barton-Ancliffe added it was an opportunity to improve BRMB's offering.
The station recently announced its breakfast show presenter Elliott Webb will move to the "drivetime" slot, with co-host Caroline Martin taking over the morning programme.
Mr Barton-Ancliffe said: "We are moving to increase the number of women listeners aged 25 to 39 – our core market. Caroline is a real woman who we feel will appeal to other real women in that age group."
Other stations hit by a drop in weekly figures include Chrysalis-owned Galaxy Birmingham, which dipped 4.7 per cent on the last quarter to just 317000.
Sister station 100.7 Heart fm – the region's largest commercial radio station by listeners – also saw a 1.9 per cent drop, down 15,000 to 777,000. But Heart, which recently ran a large marketing campaign, said it expected figures to improve in the next quarter.
Anita Wright, station director for Chrysalis Radio Midlands, said: "We’re currently enjoying the second burst of our 'Feelgood' marketing activity, and we are confident that our next set of audience figures will fully reflect just how successful it has been.
"This will ensure that we keep our sought-after title of being the Midlands’ number one commercial radio station – something we’re all extremely proud of."
Meanwhile, Kerrang! 105.2 and Saga 105.7 fm both saw a boost in listeners.
Saga – to be re-branded as Smooth Radio in March after being acquired by the Guardian Media Group – saw average weekly audiences up 10.2 per cent on the last quarter to 421,000.
Rock station Kerrang!, based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, saw a 1.8 per cent lift in average weekly audiences – up 7,000 from the last quarter to 405,000.
The growth was well below what the station achieved last quarter, but brand manager Andy Price said it did not mean it had reached its limit. He said: "We had a huge increase in the last quarter and we often find audience figures come in cycles.
"We don't by any means think that we have reached our limit.
"To get to over 400,000 listeners every week within two years is hugely positive.