Radio industry over-the-air revenues inched slightly upwards in 2012, increasing to $14.3 billion, a 1.5 percent change from the year before, according to the first edition of “Investing In Radio® Market Report,” a quarterly report published by BIA/Kelsey, adviser to companies in the local media industry.
That slight change is due in large part to the sluggish overall economy for 2012 and the increased competition radio faces in the local media market. The company also notes that station revenue mix will continue to shift somewhat and income from online advertising is expected to rise at a rate of about 10.8 percent annually over the next five years versus 2.5 percent from over-the-air.
For 2013, BIA/Kelsey forecasts over-the-air radio revenues should see 2.3 percent growth, or $14.7 billion, again due to the slightly stronger economy.
In 2012, online radio ad revenues reached $491 million, representing 3.3 percent for the industry. Markets such as
Boston saw 14.2 percent in online radio
revenue with overall numbers rising by 3.6 percent. BIA/Kelsey forecasts
radio's online revenue growth will reach $818 million by 2017, while the
industry's combined total revenue will reach $17 billion by 2017.
"As the digital marketplace continues to rise in all sectors of advertising, radio is improving its listener engagement online and benefitting from the value of its web and mobile assets," said Mark Fratrik, vice president and chief economist, BIA/Kelsey.
"Overall, the industry is still recognized as an important part of the media mix as it continues to meander around, rising slightly with the rate of inflation but not keeping up with the economy."