Among the top 10 station formats listed in Indoor RadioAccording to the Format Counts monthly analysis of US stations, only four show growth based on the addition of outlets from a year ago and since January: Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Contemporary Christian and Spanish.
Classic Rock, ranked eighth based on total stations, added 39 a year ago and 10 since the start of 2022, for gains of 6.6% and 1.6%, respectively. Similarly, classic successes, ranked seventh, gained 25 and 18 new outlets for gains of 2.1% and 1.5%. The fourth-ranked Contemporary Christian converted 23 and 10 resorts for 1.8% and 0.8% lifts, and the fifth-placed Spanish brought 13 and four new resorts, respectively, for 1.0% growth and 0.3%.
The top-ranked country, still comfortably ahead of news/talk with 2,179 US stations versus the latter’s 2,015, has actually added seven more since January for a 0.3% gain, even though it lost 15 year-over-year for a decline of 0.7%. News/talk lost 25 stations in both cycles for a 1.2% drop in total outlets, while third-place religion (encompassing teaching and variety-based stations) gained some. lost 16 year-over-year and 14 in 2022, down 0.8% and 0.7%.
For the rest, variety (including mostly non-commercial FM stations or traded AM stations) lost 24 stations year-over-year and 16 since January, down 1.9% and 1.3% , sports lost 24 and 11 (-3.7% and -1.7%) and the top 40 said goodbye to 15 and 12 respectively for declines of 2.4% and 2.0%. Just below the top 10, Adult Contemporary has lost 10 outlets year-on-year and one in 2022 (-1.8%, -0.2%), Hot Air Conditioning has dropped seven stations since last August and 10 since January (-1.5%, -2.1%) and the alternative has lost only one in the past year and none this calendar year (-0.2%, no change ).