Phillip Beswick

Research presented at RAIN Summit West shows Internet radio popular among fastest growing demos

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:15am

The Media Audit's research presented at RAIN Summit West 2012The Media Audit Executive Vice President Phillip Beswick presented "Fast Facts on Internet Radio" at RAIN Summit West 2012 earlier this week. The 10-minute presentation was packed with information, including the fact that around 20% of adults 18+ said they listened to Internet radio in the past week (based on 54,000 surveys). That figure jumps to nearly 40% when looking at just 18-34 year-olds, Beswick revealed.

Moreover, web radio is popular among two of the fastest growing demographics, said Beswick: cellphone-only consumers and Hispanics. Among both groups, around 25% said they listened to web radio in the past 7 days.

The Media Audit's study also found that Internet radio tends to be most popular in mid- to large-sized markets: Charleston, SC is #1 (with 29.3% of adults listening to web radio), then Atlanta, Salt Lake and Boston. Beswick showed that if Internet radio was a single cluster in New York or L.A., it would be the third largest cluster in either market (reaching around 1 in 5 adults). In both cases, the percentage of adults visiting radio station websites trailed web radio usage, explained Beswick.

The Media AuditNot surprisingly, The Media Audit found that Internet radio listeners tend to be in the higher income brackets with a college education. Though Beswick showed that adults spend "more time with radio than any other medium," he also found that web radio reaches around 10% of people who don't listen to AM/FM radio -- "and thus can add reach to a radio campaign." Additionally, web radio users tend to be heavy radio listeners and so Internet radio "can add frequency to a radio buy."

As mentioned earlier, Phillip packed  a lot of information into his 10 minute presentation at RAIN Summit West 2012. And as Tom Taylor of Radio-Info reports, he "was quickly handling out business cards afterwards, to folks who wanted a copy of his Powerpoint."

You can find out more about The Media Audit here. You can find Radio-Info's coverage of the presentation here.

We'll have more coverage of RAIN Summit West's presentations and panels in the days ahead and hope to soon offer video coverage of the event as well. Stay tuned!

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