Most popular radio stations in New York 2020

New York City’s leading radio stations in March 2020 was WLTW-FM, with 6.7 percent of radio listeners in the New York metropolitan area tuning in to the station for at least five minutes in each quarter hour period in that month. This metric is often referred to as simply Average Quarter-Hour Persons (abbreviated to AQH).

Which radio stations are the most popular in New York City?

The radio stations listened to the most each month in New York vary, however stations specializing in adult contemporary music, classic rock and news regularly feature in the top ten. Another popular format is contemporary hit radio (CHR) which focuses on music within the top 40 music charts.

The top 40 music charts have undergone changes in recent years. Whilst it traditionally includes a mixture of rock, pop and R&B music, the actual contents of the top 40 is naturally subject to regular change based on listeners’ tastes and the latest releases. The format relies on what is ‘trending’ in order to appeal to its young demographic, and so the charts can often end up being compiled of many similar songs. This is good news for adult contemporary stations as listeners migrate towards the format in a bid to find music with greater variety.

Leading radio stations in New York in March 2020, by ratings

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 2020

Age group

6 years and older

Special properties

Monday to Sunday, 6 am to midnight

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