More than 268 million Americans
listen to radio each week.

Local radio stations are broadcasting in AM, FM and HD, offering a wide variety of content to listeners. Whether you prefer talk or hip hop on your morning drive, local radio has something for every taste and it's free – no monthly subscription service necessary.

Radio stations use a transmitter to send signals that are received by the antenna in your home or car radio, or even smartphone headset.

Many radio stations are also available online or through apps, allowing you to access your favorite hometown station anywhere you go. Their active presence on social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, keep communities connected to breaking news, traffic and weather.

In addition to streaming, radio broadcasters are encouraging Verizon and Apple to activate built-in radio chips in smartphones. Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile are already on their way to giving listeners more options to listen to local stations without experiencing buffering or using your data plan.

Broadcasters have furthered the development of hybrid FM technology that provides listeners with a spectrally-efficient broadcast experience on mobile devices, is dependable during emergencies and provides the interactivity listeners seek. Hybrid FM gives listeners the ability to listen to local radio without streaming combined with online access to song information and a way to instantly purchase music.

Whether you listen in your car, at work or at the gym, more than 268 million Americans turn to local radio each week to get the news, information and music they want – all for free.


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