WHY RADIO FACT SHEET
The Growth of Commercial Radio Stations

Radio's growth exploded in the 1960s and '70s as broadcasters, consumers, and advertisers discovered a new "frontier" on the FM band. The number of viable commercial properties has continued to expand every year, albeit more slowly in the 21st century.


The Growth of Commercial Radio Stations

YEAR  # COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS  YEAR   # COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS  
2014  10,887 
2013  10,867  1985  8,593 
2012  10,802  1984  8,216 
2011  10,766  1983   8,048 
2010  10,755  1982   7,976 
2009  10,705  1981  7,847 
2008  10,694  1980  7,709 
2007  10,700  1979  7,626 
2006  10,691  1978  7,514 
2005  10,729  1977  7,494 
2004  10,727  1976  7,370 
2003  10,728  1975   7,230 
2002  10,679  1974  7,082 
2001  10,620  1973  6,875 
1999  10,540  1972  6,782 
1998  10,394  1971  6,553 
1997  10,350  1970   6,530 
1996  10,270  1969  6,519 
1995  10,187  1968   6,349 
1994  10,022  1967   6,180 
1993  9,915  1966   5,949 
1992  9,746  1965   5,616 
1991  9,555  1964   5,442 
1990  9,379  1963   5,134 
1989  9,244  1962   4,969 
1988  9,087  1961   4,517 
1987  8,943  1952  3,068 
1986  8,807  1943  960 
Source: FCC; MStreet; Inside Radio, 2014