Washington D.C.’s leading news radio station, WTOP-FM, moved back to the number one spot as the country’s top revenue-producing station in 2015 (Source: BIA/Kelsey). In 2014, the leader was Los Angeles’ KIIS-FM, which has been bumped to the second spot after 2015’s numbers came out.
According to BIA/Kelsey, WTOP earned $65 million in advertising revenues in 2015. While KIIS-FM slipped to number two, its owner, iHeartMedia, “garnered a signigicant share of U.S. radio revenues, with five stations in the top 10.”
“In 2015, U.S. over-the-air radio revenues were $14 billion, withonline generating $710 million,” according to BIA/Kelsey. It predicts both over-the-air radio revenues and online revenues will continue to grow over the next few years, raching $15.9 billion in 2020.
The chart below highlights the top ten revenue-generating U.S. radio stations in 2015, as calculated by BIA/Kelsey. Of the top ten revenue producing radio stations last year, five of the ten are news or news/talk stations; two are contemporary hits radio; two are adult contemporary stations; and 1 is a sports/talk station.