Never Before Seen Nielsen AM/FM Radio Streaming Data: Spoken Word Represents One-Third Of Streaming; There Is A Wide Variation Of Streaming By Market; Streaming Audiences Are Upscale And Employed; Fewer Ads Needed As Reach And Frequency Quickly Accumulates

While audio streaming of AM/FM radio has been around for over 25 years, the proportion of total listening coming from the stream was, until recently, in the single digits. No longer. With Nielsen’s introduction of the headphone enhancement to their Portable People Meter service in October 2020, streaming now represents 11% of total AM/FM radio listening among 12+ Americans.