Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Improving advertising budgets will bring some much-needed relief to radio broadcasters, but increasing competition from online music streaming sites, internet-only radio stations and digital music players will hamper industry growth. To maintain profitability, operators will scramble to restructure. One bright spot for the industry will be the growth of satellite radio, which generates revenue from subscription fees on top of advertising... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The FCC licenses radio stations as either commercial or non-commercial-educational, and they can broadcast in AM, FM or satellite formats. Commercial stations generally support themselves through advertising revenue, while public radio stations generally have a combination of government funding and contributions from listeners and not-for-profit entities. A larger number of broadcasts are transmitted each year (see Key Statistics).
A static number of AM stations have broadcasted during the past 25 years, while FM station numbers grew strongly between 1980 and 2000, before stabilizing by the mid-2000s. There has been a decline in the number of FM stations over the five years to 2013 as a result of diminished advertisement spending throughout the recession... purchase to read more