2009: a Big Year for News Radio

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

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  1. David Wickham
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Liberals don’t require the daily fix of a radio host telling them how to think. There is no need for a liberal thinker to be a ditto head.

    That – in fact, is the meaning of the word liberal. One need only look at the political parties. The conservatives all walk in lock-step with the party notion. Meanwhile the liberal political group have non-stop squabbling.

    Which is the better idea for a countries success? That is really where the argument rests. The problem is trying to make that argument without partisanship.

  2. Laurence Glavin
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I was surprised to find ‘Classical’ in eighth position, considering there are so few stations broadcasting that format. Some stations calling themselves “classical” air an endless loop of “classical favorites” while others (including, and especially the now-WGBH-owned WCRB-FM near Boston, come closer to what a classical station should be.) I’m assuming you mix both commercial and non-commercial outlets together.

  3. Joe Hafley
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I think Country should be in the top 10.

  4. not fair
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 1:43 am | Permalink
    1. Electronic/Dance beat rock stations (classic rock, modern rock?) and Classical???

    and Modern Rock next to Euro Hits

  5. not fair
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Forgot, What are you going to do with Country Stations? Simple: just dump then the the trash

  6. Not True
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    what about Christian Music

    and this list is NOT TRUE

  7. Ted Flesichaker
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    David Wickham is 100% right…but the people who should now rethink are the ethical station owners continuing to pollute the airwaves with the discredited Rush and co. for a buck. These guys need to be thrown off the air so the nation can again think for itself. As for our house, we like beautiful music best and only KAHM, WKTZ and WGCY seem left broadcasting the “real thing” anymore but bravo to them. You can keep talk trash and country and christian and most of the rest. Glad to see classical making the 8th place though sure miss the old, commercial WQXR! Public radio these days is yuk as evidenced by the awful botch-up they made at WQXR,

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