- The results of this
study indicate that 264,831,059 persons, 94.1 percent of
the U.S. population based on 2000 census data, receive
at least one public radio FM signal at or above the 60dBu
- This represents an increase of
nearly 70,000,000 from the 1989 study, which reported
195,164,000 persons covered, or 86 percent of the U.S.
population based on the 1980 census.
- The population
receiving at least one public radio signal at or above
the 70 dBu level numbers 238,972,772, or 84.9 percent of
the 2000 census total population of 281,421,906.
almost 239 million people who receive the stronger 70 dBu
signal represent 90 percent of the 264 million people who
receive public radio nationally. Only 26 million
people, or 10 percent of the people who can receive public
radio, rely on the weaker 60 dBu signal.
exception, the percentage of population covered by public
radio increased in each of the 50 states.
- The new
study reveals that 38 states and the District of Columbia
have coverage above 90 percent, compared to 13 states and
DC in 1989. The
District of Columbia has 100 percent coverage, as it
did in 1989.
- In 1989, there were 13 states
with coverage below 80 percent. The 2004 study
shows that the coverage rates in only three states
are below 80 percent. Of those three, the lowest
is Arkansas with 73.1 percent coverage. In 1989,
Wyoming had the lowest coverage at 47 percent. Wyoming
had the largest increase in percentage, moving from
47 percent to 90.8 percent.
- There are nine states
which have coverage rates between 80 and 90 percent.
have not calculated the number of people who can receive
more than one public radio signal.
400 new FM stations were activated during the period since
the 1989 study. The
number of FM stations providing public radio service
increased by 83 percent, from 476 in 1989 to 875 currently.