WHY RADIO FACT SHEET
Radio Format Analysis

Individual preferences in Radio listening are wide and varied – and Radio operators respond by offering a broad range of programming to serve every taste! Here’s a list of the current popularity of formats aired on over 10,800 commercial Radio stations licensed in the U.S. today:

An additional 328 commercial stations were licensed under construction permits for future broadcast; 236 commercial stations are currently dark/off the air. There are almost 2,200 stations broadcasting multiple HD Radio channels. Number of commercial streaming Radio stations: 6,365.

Radio's Most Popular Formats

Rank  Format  # Stations 
Country  2014 
News/Talk  1497 
Spanish  827 
Sports  711 
Classic Hits  665 
Adult Contemporary  603 
Oldies  577 
Contemporary (CHR Top 40)  575 
Classic Rock  484 
10  Hot AC  422 
11  Religion (Teaching, Variety)  345 
12  Rock  298 
13  Adult Standards  235 
14  Black Gospel  210 
15  Contemporary Christian  172 
16  Southern Gospel  170 
17  Urban AC  156 
18  Soft Adult Contemporary  142 
19  Ethnic  140 
20  R&B  127 
21  Alternative Rock  101 
22  Modern Rock  90 
23  R&B Adult/Oldies  52 
24  Variety  44 
25  Pre-Teen  34 
26  Jazz  32 
27  Gospel  23 
28  Rhythmic AC  20 
29  Easy Listening  18 
30  Classical  17 
31  Modern AC  12 
32  Other/Format Not Available  27 
  Total Commercial Stations on Air  10,867 
Source: Inside Radio / M Street Corp., Feb. 2013; No Canadian or Mexican stations are included (HD Radio stat from iBiquity/HD Digital Radio Alliance, Feb. 2013).