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Edison Insights: Radio & Car Continue to Ride Together


Edison Research
Edison Research

According to Share of Ear from Edison Research, 53% of today's 13- to 34-year-olds are reached by at least some radio every single day. This can be surprising to those who believe young listeners exclusively use streaming services or only listen to digital audio. But location of listening is key when it comes to radio consumption among this group.

The car is not only a good place to reach young radio listeners, for many it's the only place they listen. Among the 13-34s who listen to any radio, 56% of them will listen only in the car. Programmers should consider the fact that when their messages and music are heard by young radio listeners, it is often in an in-car environment.

Of course that means 44% of younger radio listeners report listening either someplace else, or both in the car and someplace else, which is also notable.

Advertisers looking for young people can find them listening to the radio in their cars, in impressive numbers.

Share of Ear also finds when young Americans are most likely to be listening to radio in the car. Mornings (6-10am) and late afternoons (3-7pm) drive times are important for engaging almost all audiences, but specifically Americans 13-34. Programmers should be mindful of all the content they place on-air during these times since this key demographic is most likely to be listening to radio in the car then.

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