According to RadioWorld, Burnell quoted a 2016 study from Infinite Dial: “Eighty-four percent of respondents who were 18 or over chose AM/FM radio as their primary source of audio in the car.” The study went on to state that in 2016, 32% of all households do not have a radio, compared with 6% in 2008.
Burnell shared more of the research which showed 12% of all vehicles in the U.S. were considered connected cars, whether by a modem or a tethered smartphone. He suggested that the number would increase to nearly 85% by 2025, given the average life cycle of the American car is 11 years.
Burnell says despite an upsurge in streaming among younger consumers, broadcast radio has advantages and opportunities that streaming does not: The ability to take advantage of technologies, the listeners and local markets, and people. “Humans want interactions with humans; they want interactions with other humans. They want friends, family and someone they trust to tell them what is good and what they should be checking out.”