Weekly radio audiences increase by 4 million listeners versus 2009

COLUMBIA, MD; September 14, 2010 – Radio reaches more than 239 million Persons aged 12 and older over the course of a typical week, according to the RADAR® 106 National Radio Listening Report, which releases Monday, September 20, 2010.

The weekly audience of 239 million listeners to radio represents an increase of four million listeners versus the year ago RADAR 102 report of 235 million weekly listeners.

For the 7,200+ stations affiliated with the 53 specific networks reported in RADAR, the weekly audience is 220 million Persons aged 12 and older, up by nearly 6 million listeners from the 214 million listeners reported one year ago in RADAR 102.

Radio Retains Its Strength and Stability 
Despite the adoption of MP3 players and the growth of mobile and Internet-only stations, (terrestrial) radio reaches 93 percent of Persons aged 12+ each week. Even 92 percent of teens aged 12-17, younger radio listeners who are most accustomed to using new technologies and forms of media, continue to tune in each week.

Network radio reaches 88 percent of Adults aged 18-34, the prime media multi-taskers, up from 85 percent one year ago.

Radio Has Universal Appeal 
The diversity of formats in radio attracts advertiser-coveted demographics in both Black (Non-Hispanic) and Hispanic persons.

  • More than 93 percent of Black (Non-Hispanic) persons and 95 percent of Hispanic persons, aged 12 and older, tune into radio over the course of a week.
  • Radio reaches more than 94 percent of Black (Non-Hispanic) persons and 96 percent of Hispanic persons aged 18-49 over the course of a week.
  • Network affiliated stations reach 90 percent of Black (Non-Hispanic) persons, and 86 percent of Hispanic persons, aged 12 and older.

Radio Reaches the Educated and Affluent 
Radio reaches 96 percent of college graduates aged 25-54. Ninety-six percent of adults aged 25-54 with a college degree and an annual income of $50,000 or more tune into radio over the course of a week.

Network affiliated stations reach 88 percent of college graduates aged 18-49 with a household income of $75,000 or more. All radio stations reach 96 percent of this demographic.

About RADAR 106 
On Monday, September 20, 2010, Arbitron will release the complete RADAR 106 Radio Network Audience Report results. RADAR, the standard currency for national network radio ratings, measures 53 individual radio networks. These networks are operated by American Urban Radio Networks, Citadel Media Networks, Crystal Media Networks, Dial Global Inc., Premiere Radio Networks, United Stations Radio Networks and Westwood One Radio Networks.

The sample size for the RADAR 106 report is 386,378 persons aged 12 and older. This large sample ensures more stability for key demographic estimates, dayparts and Market-by-Market Analysis reports, which report all individual DMAs®.

The RADAR 106 Report includes data from all PPMTM markets commercialized during the Summer 2009, Fall 2009, Winter 2010 and Spring 2010 Diary survey period.

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