Radio format

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A radio format or programming format (not to be confused with broadcast programming) describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. Radio formats are frequently employed as a marketing tool, and are subject to frequent change.[1] Music radio, old time radio, all-news radio, sports radio, talk radio and weather radio describe the operation of different genres of radio format and each format can often be sub-divided into many specialty formats.

List of formats[edit]

Formats constantly evolve and each format can often be sub-divided into many specialty formats. Some of the following formats are available only regionally or through specialized venues such as satellite radio or Internet radio.[2]

Music oriented formats

A[edit]

Format
Active rock[2]
Adult album alternative (or just adult alternative) (AAA or Triple-A)[2]
Adult contemporary music (AC)[2]
Adult standards / nostalgia (pre-rock)[2]
Adult hits / variety hits; brands: Jack FM, Bob FM
Album rock / album-oriented rock (AOR)[2]
Alternative rock[2]
Americana[2]

B[edit]

C[edit]

D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

H[edit]

I[edit]

J[edit]

L[edit]

M[edit]

O[edit]

  • Oldies - Primarily 1955-early '80s pop music[2]

P[edit]

Q[edit]

  • Quiet storm (most often a "day-part" format at Urban Stations, i.e. 7p-12 midnight,)

R[edit]

Format
Ranchera
Regional Mexican (Banda, corridos, ranchera, conjunto, mariachi, norteño, etc.)
Rhythmic adult contemporary
Rhythmic contemporary (Rhythmic Top 40)
Rhythmic oldies
Rock[2]
Rock en español
Romántica (Spanish AC)

S[edit]

Format
Smooth jazz[2]
Soft adult contemporary (soft AC)
Soft rock
Soul music
Space music
Spanish sub-formats:[2]

T[edit]

U[edit]

V[edit]

W[edit]

Talk formats[edit]

C[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

Format
Full-service (talk and variety music)

N[edit]

Format
All-news radio

R[edit]

S[edit]

T[edit]

W[edit]

Format
weather radio

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What is a radio format?" Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "New York Radio Guide: Radio Format Guide", NYRadioGuide.com, 2009-01-12, webpage: NYRadio-formats.