2009 was certainly a banner year for news junkies, with Barak Obama’s first year in office, two wars, the struggling economy and Michael Jackson’s death just to name a handful of 2009’s headline grabbers. Not surprisingly, people continue to turn to radio for news reporting and analysis, and the news format tops the RadioTime Top 19 Formats of 2009 list — the latest in our monthly series of Top 19 lists that examine the most popular formats, programs and stations among RadioTime’s users.
Sports/Talk radio was the fourth most popular format, and the rest of the Top 19 is dominated by music. Top 40/Pop, Adult Contemporary and Hip Hop are in the top five, and there’s a strong international presence with Spanish, Euro Hits, Bollywood and French music formats all represented. See the entire list below.
Question for you: talk radio ranks sixth, with conservative talk shows such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Michael Savage among the most popular. With Air America signing off the air, who do you think will step up to lead liberal talk radio?
Top 19 Formats of 2009 1. News 2. Top 40/Pop 3. Adult Contemporary 4. Sports/Sports Talk 5. Hip Hop 6. Talk 7. Electronic/Dance 8. Classical 9. Spanish 10. Classic Rock 11. Modern Rock 12. Euro Hits 13. Soul 14. Bollywood 15. Public 16. Christmas 17. Jazz 18. French 19. Conservative