Q. Where might I find statistics on the number of country music radio stations in the US?
The FCC doesn't actually collect information on radio station formatting, it turns out. Here is an article that appeared in Billlboard; 7/31/2004, Vol. 116 Issue 31, p35-35, 1/2p
: Please note that this info is 8 yrs old.
Country; Nashville Scene
There's plenty of good news for the country format in radio rep firm Interep's latest Qualitative Profile Report.
Among the highlights, the format reaches 45.5 million adults each week, representing 22% of the adult population in the United States.
The study also found that country remains the most-programmed format in the nation by a huge margin. Citing figures obtained from M Street, the Interep study found that of the approximately 10,000 commercial radio stations in the United States, about 20% (2,088 stations) are country. The closest competitor, news/talk, has 1,224 stations.
Among the study's other findings, 61% of country listeners are in the 25-54 demographic and 65% are in the 18-49
demo. The median age for a country listener is 43 years.
Proving that country's reputation as a rural format is long-outdated, the study found that 66% of country listeners live in metropolitan areas—24% in cities and 42% in the suburbs.
The majority of country listeners (44%) live in the South, followed by 28% in the Midwest and 18% in the West. Just 10% of country fans live in the Northeast.
Here is a link to another number, though it is unclear where this source gets his numbers from: http://www.musicbizacademy.com/articles/radio/stations.htm
Here is another link to a number from Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc : http://www.crb.org/about/missionstatement.php
Clearly these numbers due vary some. This could be due to types of stations that are included. Some may include internet-only stations and some may not. We really can't tell from the information given here.