Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I seem to be posting a lot of about radio on my return to this blog, however, lots of good information has come out.
Doing my daily briefing of country music news, I see the new radio survey has come out from Arbitron. Country radio is doing very well in radio. In fact, this survey shows its best ratings in 7 years. Wow.
Country radio is the 6th overall most listened to radio format in the country. A 9.5 share. News/Talk is the most listened to format, adult contemporary is #2. Contemporary hits, Spanish, and Urban are above country music. Rock stations fall just under country music.
Sales are good too. During the first six months of 2006, U.S. sales of country albums increased by 17.7 percent to 36 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Sure is shaping up to be a very good year for country music.