Data comes from The Media Audit's 2010 National Radio Format Report, summarizing the radio listening habits of more than 100,000 adults. Surveys were conducted between January 2010 and March 2011.
According to the study, 11.4% of U.S. adults have listened to a country music radio station in the past week, representing more than 16.5 million listeners across The Media Audit's 80 measured markets. Furthermore, nearly half of those who listen to country music radio stated that they listen to the format more than any other radio format. That translates to listener loyalty, something advertisers find as a rare commodity in today's fragmenting media market.
In markets such as Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago, the rewards for country-formatted radio stations are substantial, given these markets draw the greatest number of country music listeners. According to The Media Audit, more than 743,000 adults in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area listen to a country music station in a typical week, representing 15.9% of the metro area's population of 4.6 million. As a result, there are more country music radio listeners in Dallas than anywhere else in the country. In Atlanta, 14.5% of the metro area's population have listened to a country music radio station in the past week, representing more than 573,000 listeners, while Chicago draws more than 491,000 listeners who listen to country music in a typical week.
TomzTake: For more information on this study, or to obtain information on a local market, contact The Media Audit. 800.324.9921