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Revenue Tracker: 2012 begins with growth.

Exclusive: Shaking off difficult year-to-year comparisons that weighed down Q4, 2012 began with an uptick in business. Industry revenue increased 2% during January compared to one year earlier, according to a sample of 48 markets surveyed by Inside Radio. That’s the best growth rate in four months.


Revenue Tracker: December, A flat end to 2011.

Exclusive: In what may prove to be a symbolic end to 2011, industry revenue held steady with the prior year in December. That’s according to a sample of 94 markets surveyed by Inside Radio. The flat finish for the month was an improvement over November’s 2% decline and October’s 4% drop. READ ON



Revenue Tracker: Smaller drop in Nov.

Exclusive: One year after radio posted a 4% gain in revenue during the month of November, that growth proved to be a bit of a mathematical headwind last month. Total industry revenue declined 2% according to a sample of 53 markets surveyed by Inside Radio. That’s half the rate of October’s 4% drop in total billings.


Political weighs down October.

Exclusive: The other shoe dropped on the big jump in political spending that radio booked a year ago. Without those races sending politicians into buy mode, radio industry revenue slipped 4% in October.




Back to growth in August.

Exclusive: Following the biggest drop in industry revenue since 2009, radio came back with its best showing in six months in August. Revenue grew 3% compared to one year ago according to analyst Jim Boyle, who collected data from a sample of 53 markets for Inside Radio’s Revenue Tracker.



July down, August looks better.

Exclusive: Few will be surprised to see the July revenue number could be painted in red, as bookings were off 3% compared to one year ago according to analyst Jim Boyle, who collected data from a sample of 51 markets for Inside Radio. But the picture overall isn’t as bad as one might think.



June is flat, reflecting of the tough economy.

Exclusive: After 15 months of revenue growth through 2010 and into early 2011, the question of radio revenue became “how much?” growth. But a better question may now be “was there?” June revenue was flat compared to last year according to analyst Jim Boyle, who collected data from a sample of 51 markets for Inside Radio.



Growth returned in May.

Exclusive: The gloom over spot cancellations and some decidedly mediocre news about the overall economy had many bracing for a down month. But the optimists got an all-too-rare victory. May industry revenue was up 1% compared to last year, according to analyst Jim Boyle, who collected data from a sample of 50 markets for Inside Radio.



Growth stalls in April.

Exclusive. Fifteen months of consecutive revenue growth came to an end last month. April industry revenue finished flat compared to one year ago according to analyst Jim Boyle, who collected data from a sample of 51 markets for Inside Radio.



March up 3%.

Exclusive: The first quarter ended much like it began: up low-single digits. After the industry posted a 2% growth rate in January, both February and March ended up 3%, according to analyst Jim Boyle, who collected data from 50 markets for Inside Radio. The industry will likely finish first quarter with a similar 3% increase when the RAB reports the final tally.



February revenue up 3%.

The Inside Radio Revenue Tracker: After a somewhat slow start to the year the pace of advertising picked up a bit last month. Industry revenue increased 3% compared to a year earlier, according to analyst Jim Boyle, who collected data from a sample of 50 markets for Inside Radio. Read on...



January: 2011 starts positive.

Exclusive: There’s been some chatter in the industry that January ad sales weren’t as strong as some had hoped for. But January revenue was up 2% industry-wide compared to a year earlier, according to analyst Jim Boyle, who collected data from a sample of 51 markets for Inside Radio.



December caps 2010 with more growth.

Inside Radio Revenue Tracker: The year ended the way it began — with radio industry revenues growing. December 2010 revenue was up 4% compared to a year earlier according to analyst Jim Boyle. Read the report HERE.



November: Radio’s Third Double-Digit Month of 2010

Leveraging the political advertising momentum from October, the radio industry kept the growth going last month. Radio revenue was up 10% in November compared to one year ago...Read Inside Radio's EXCLUSIVE Revenue Tracker by Jim Boyle HERE



October Revenue Turbocharged by Political

October Revenue Turbocharged by Political -- Double-Digit Gain Best of 2010. October radio industry revenue soared 12% for the industry’s biggest monthly gain in 2010, topping March’s 10% increase. In both months there were positive extenuating circumstances. March had the early Easter boost. Read this months' report from Jim Boyle HERE.



September Surprise: Revenue Up 5%; Fourth Quarter Looks Promising

September Surprise: Revenue Up 5%; Fourth Quarter Looks Promising. September radio revenue was solidly up 5% over one year earlier, surprising skeptics, as well as me - I had forecast a 3% gain. Read this months' report from Jim Boyle HERE.



August Revenue Surges

August radio industry revenue was surprisingly stronger than July and late-June, which had suggested radio’s rebound was on the skids. Solid prospects for the ongoing radio rebound. Read this months' report HERE.



Six Months of Growth - July revenue up 4%

Six Months of Growth and July revenue is up 4%. July is inherently volatile, both to the good and to the bad. Why? It's usually the third lightest revenue month of the year. Radio’s history books tell the tale. Read this months' report HERE.



June Revenue Up 6% - Summer Pacing Holds Steady

June Revenue Up 6% as Summer Pacing Holds Steady. June is the proverbial canary in the coalmine. It is the first month in 2010 where comparisons to last year’s monthly revenue plunges provide very little lift. Read this months' report HERE.



May Revenue Up 7% - Crossing Fingers for Double-Digits

Radio’s recovery may not be getting hotter just yet but it isn’t getting colder either. Industry revenue rose 7% in May compared to one year ago. It was the fourth consecutive month of roughly 6%-8% year-over-year growth after adjusting for the early Easter shift. Read this months' report HERE.



April Revenue Up, May Pacing Much Higher

Radio industry revenue had its fifth consecutive positive or flat month in April, with revenue up 5% over one year ago. April performed noticeably better than most expected. Interestingly, the 9% March revenue increase probably received about a 2% boost from the early Easter.Read this months' report HERE.



March Soars Up 9% - Second Quarter Paces Higher

March Soars Up 9% - Second Quarter Paces Higher. Radio industry revenue had its fourth consecutive flat or positive year-over-year month in March, which, after 31 straight negative months, constitutes a distinct winning streak in the making. Read this months' report HERE.



February: 85% of Markets go Positive

February radio revenue was up 6% according to data from a sample of markets collected by Inside Radio analyst, Jim Boyle. There were four markets out of the 48 analyzed that were up by more than 10%...Read this months' report HERE.



January up: Revenue Makes Positive Turn

February and March Stronger - Radio industry revenue had its second consecutive flat or positive year-over-year month in January 2010 after 31 straight negative months. It wasn’t by much. Nevertheless, the radio sector was up slightly (+1%). Read the report HERE.



December Revenue Up 2% - The Sun Finally Peeks Out

The clouds finally parted – and for the first time in 31 months, radio saw some sunlight in December in the form of positive revenue growth. Revenue was up 2% last month, according to analyst Jim Boyle, who’s been collecting data from sample markets exclusively for Inside Radio. Read the January report Here.



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