Radio Still Reigns!

Despite the explosion of digital media, research shows that radio remains one of the most cost-effective publicity tools in terms of reach, network penetration and targeting audiences.

Radio’s reach is strong and growing. Look at these findings from a  2017 study:

  • Radio is the leading reach platform: 93% of Americans listen to AM/FM radio over the airwaves, which is higher than TV viewership (89%), PC use (50%), smartphone use (83%), and tablet use (37%)
  • 271 million Americans 6+ listen to the radio each week
  • 67 million Millennials use radio each week
  • Digital radio listenership has increased dramatically from 12% of Americans 12+ listening weekly in 2007 to 53% in 2017

Listeners span all ages:

  • Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1996)  92%
  • Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1979)  95%
  • Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964)  94%
  • Silent Generation (1925 and 1945)  86%

96% of those who have driven or ridden in a car in the past month have used the car radio

94% of college graduates listen to radio each week

70.8% have annual household incomes over $75K

Radio is everywhere:

  • 30% of listeners listen at home
  • 73% listen in the car
  • 16% listen at work

20% of US smartphone owners listen to internet radio on their devices

Streaming radio has become a routine part of millions of user’s lives through computers and mobile devices. A study found that 40% of online listeners listen primarily to online streams of AM/FM radio stations.

A 2017 report found that 112 million Americans have listened to a podcast, and 42 million Americans listen to podcasts weekly. The year-over-year growth rates for podcast listening have been remarkably consistent, with 10 to 20% increases each year.

Radio Media Tours

As publicists, Carney & Associates specializes in Radio Media Tours (RMT), which continue to be the most efficient, cost-effective way of getting your message out to a broad audience.

The RMT is a series of back-to-back interviews that allows you to be interviewed by multiple radio stations, podcasts, and networks within a few hours, to promote your book, cause or campaign. They can be done by phone from the comfort of your home, office, or hotel landlines. When done in blocks, RMTs generally take two to four hours of your time, depending upon the number of interviews.

As an alternative, if you’re willing to spread your interviews over weeks or months, we can generate even more bookings for you.

Radio Advertising

We also offer radio advertising services to supplement your publicity campaign. We handle the copywriting and media buying in-house, and if you want all the bells and whistles, we work with an outstanding production team that can, well, add all the bells and whistles.

Contact Kathlene Carney for a free consultation to discuss how our Radio Media Tours can help meet your publicity goals.