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WO Study Profiles On-Demand Audio Listeners
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, August 28, 2017 | 0:56am CT

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On-demand audio -- portions of AM/FM shows that are repurposed for post consumption via online platforms -- are growing in popularity and Westwood One wanted to find out who's listening. So, the company collaborated with Nielsen on a custom study using the Nielsen Total Audience measurement framework to measure the audiences for local on-demand content from the Cumulus Media O&Oed stations, as well as national on-demand content from Westwood One shows.

"It's hard to believe, but this is the first ever study of the demographic profile of on-demand radio content," said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. "Our biggest learning is that on-demand content skews more female than AM/FM radio content across all genres. This is an incredible insight for brands and content creators, as it opens up new opportunities to connect with women."

Additional key findings of the study included:

  • Information-based on-demand shows (News/Talk, Sports) skew younger than the AM/FM audience, while entertainment-based on-demand shows attract a similar audience to AM/FM
  • The median age of News/Talk on demand listeners is 8 years younger than the AM/FM audience, and the sports audience is 7 years younger
  • The concentration of women listening to on demand content is higher than AM/FM, and on demand content skews more female than AM/FM content across all formats
  • Among adults 25-54, more than 40% of on demand News/Talk listeners are women, compared to 30% of AM/FM listeners
  • On-demand content delivers engaged listeners-listening occasions for on-demand content nearly twice as long as AM/FM
  • Listening via computers accounts for a larger proportion of on-demand listening than Mobile
  • The younger the listener, the more likely they are to consume on-demand content on a mobile device
The on-demand content originally aired on Cumulus Media radio stations or via Westwood One's nationwide radio network. Programs included Westwood One's "The Mark Levin Show," NBC Sports Radio's "Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio," WNNX/Atlanta's "Bailey and Southside," KRBE/Houston's "The Roula & Ryan Show," KABC/Los Angeles' "Dr. Drew Midday Live" and more.

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