Radio. It’s On!

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Cancellations, social distancing, empty streets, working from home, virtual classes – this has become the new norm for many of us. We are all anxiously waiting to get back to how it used to be. In the interim, there is one thing that everyone can count on. Radio. It’s On.

People across the country are engaged with all the news and media coverage, consuming more media daily since the outbreak. According to a NuVoodoo survey of over 2,500 people who stayed on top of breaking news from March 18 to March 20, 64% of respondents used some form of audio.

Radio, across platforms and devices, has always served as a companion, as well as a form of entertainment and information. That has not changed despite this pandemic. This past week, people have used AM/FM radios, mobile phones, smart speakers and their computer to listen to audio content.

As covered before, radio has a personal and emotional connection – unlike any other medium. People want – and need – to hear a familiar voice during times of crisis – over 51% of people agree.

As people across the country find themselves homebound, they are tapping into entertainment options, and radio delivers. During this same time period, 71% of respondents used some form of audio for entertainment – 48% listened to AM/FM radio, 31% used an app or site to stream and 27% listened to a podcast.

When looking for entertainment options and content via radio or audio, they are listening to everything – music, sports, talk and other formats/genres.

Radio is the original mobile medium, and today’s technology allows listeners to tap into audio content on a multitude of devices – even as they stay at home. According to one report by Entercom, they are seeing increased audio use via devices and platforms. Based on data reported last week, Radio.com experienced a 21% in news listenership with TLH (total listening hours):

  • News & Talk
    • Up 26% on mobile
    • Up 20% on smart speakers
    • Up 16% on desktop
  • Sports
    • Up 15% on mobile
    • Up 11% on smart speakers
    • Up 1% on desktop
  • Podcasts (from February)
    • Up 39% with Lifestyle & Informational genres
    • Up 24% with Political & Talk
    • Up 7% with Entertainment

This is a new world for everyone and people across the country are adjusting to a new norm. Radio remains a constant and dependable component of everyone’s day. Just take a look at some of the reasons why:

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