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 nearly 11,000 commercial Radio stations licensed in the U.S. today. An additional 1,559 commercial stations are licensed under construction permits for future broadcast; 346 commercial stations are currently dark/off the air. Close to 2,300 HD Radio stations are using HD Radio Technology, and there are over 1,500 HD2/HD3/HD4 multicast channels on the air. Number of commercial streamed AM/FM Radio stations: 7,256.



Rank  Format  # Stations 
Country  2,063 
News/Talk  1,406 
Spanish  844 
Sports  799 
Classic Hits  760 
Adult Contemporary  591 
Contemporary (CHR Top 40)  575 
Classic Rock  478 
Oldies  577 
10  Hot AC  465 
11  Religion (Teaching, Variety)  324 
12  Rock  303 
13  Adult Standards  216 
14  Black Gospel  212 
15  Southern Gospel  167 
16  Urban AC  166 
17  Contemporary Christian  160 
18  Ethnic  154 
19  Soft Adult Contemporary  134 
20  R&B  132 
21  Alternative Rock  105 
22  Modern Rock  101 
23  R&B Adult/ldies  47 
24  Variety  43 
25  Jazz  28 
26  Pre-Teen  24 
27  Rhythmic AC  21 
28  Easy Listening  16 
29  Modern AC  16 
30  Gospel  13 
31  Classical  13 
32  Other/Format Not Available  41 
Source: Inside Radio/M Street Corp., Sept. 2014 (No Canadian or Mexican Stations are included). HD Radio stats from iBiquity/HD Digital, Sept. 2014.