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Q: Average listener age for public radio ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Average listener age for public radio
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: rservice-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 26 Feb 2005 13:53 PST
Expires: 28 Mar 2005 13:53 PST
Question ID: 481455
What is the average age of a public radio listener?

Request for Question Clarification by markj-ga on 26 Feb 2005 14:01 PST
rservice --

I can give you the number for National Public Radio, which, as you
undoubtedly know, is the umbrella  in the U.S.  Would that meet your


Clarification of Question by rservice-ga on 26 Feb 2005 14:03 PST
That would be fine--- would also love to get trendlines. Is that
audience getting older? younger? bigger? smaller?

Clarification of Question by rservice-ga on 26 Feb 2005 14:12 PST
I'll also tip $5 extra (each) for stats you can find on Canadian
public radio, Australian public radio, and BBC listeners.
Subject: Re: Average listener age for public radio
Answered By: markj-ga on 26 Feb 2005 14:28 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
rservice --

Thanks for your clarification.  Here are your answers "from the
horse's mouth," NPR:

"The median age of an NPR listener is 48 and, while commercial radio
stations have been very slow to recognize the potential of the over-35
audience, NPR regularly introduces that audience to new artists and

NPR: Fast Facts (information current at least through 2003)

The above quote refers to the "median" age of the NPR listener, which
is not the same as the "average," or "mean" age.  That average age is
47, according the NPR's ombudsman:

"While the NPR audience has grown, it has also aged. The average
listener keeps getting older every year -- now up to 47 years old.
That means NPR is not attracting younger listeners even though more
people are tuning in."

NPR: Your Turn, by Jeffrey Dworkin

Note that the above quote also addresses some of the additional
information you requested and confirms what we all would probably
guess, that the public radio audience is getting older.

As for the other piece of additional information that you have
requested, NPR tells us that its audience has been growing:

"NPR has grown from 13 to 21 million weekly listeners in the last five
years ? a gain of 56 percent."

NPR: Fast Facts

Put another way:

"NPR?s audience has more than doubled in the last 10 years, from just
over 10 million to approximately 21 million weekly listeners in 2003."

NPR Fast Facts

I suggest that you will probably be interested in reviewing the "Fast
Facts" document (linked above) in more detail, because it contains
other information about the public radio, including, for example,the
fact that its listeners are spending more time with NPR on average
than they have in the past.

Search Strategy:

I used various Google searches to find and confirm the information. 
The most useful in finding the information initially was this one:

 "public radio" average listener old OR age

I am glad to be able to give you the information promptly (including
the additional information requested in your question clarification). 
If anything is unclear, please ask for clarification before you rate
the answer.

rservice-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Average listener age for public radio
From: sputnikr-ga on 09 Mar 2005 13:19 PST

I suppose it would depend on the genre of music I assume that if it is
techno or dance music the age would be lower then 48 . A recent
unscientific survery conducted by me at
indicates there is a positive cooerlation between genre and age. For
instance if your listening to good tyme oldies or jazz the age
demographic will be in the later adults.

I hope this helps

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