This website is dedicated to the countless radio broadcasters whose passion it was, and is, to create compelling radio, as well as the countless listeners, without whom such pursuit would be meaningless. It is not the intent of this website to explain the intricacies of how radio ratings are determined, nor to debate the merits or shortcomings of the various methodologies involved. The aim is to give as clear a picture as possible of the general listening habits over the years as measured by the dominant ratings service. Also, one word of caution: as radio choices have increased, and radio programming has become more specialized, it is more common for radio stations to focus on narrow demographics. Many times a station may be extremely successful in its target audience (e.g. Men 18-34), yet not appear in the overall top ten. Again, this website focuses only on the broad picture of overall listening habits, it would simply be impossible to detail all of the smaller battles that have taken place over the years. If you are interested in a more focused historical report tailored to your needs, please feel free to contact me.
The origins of this website can be traced back nearly two
decades, when Chris Huff began collecting the quarterly local
information contained in newspaper articles.
From those articles grew a running tally of stations’ ratings
performances. While in high school,
Huff began a career in radio and gained access to the Arbitron reports he’d
once only read articles about. Soon,
the scope and breadth of his research expanded, documenting
Please feel free to email
any questions, comments, corrections,
or musings that you may have. Also
welcome are any logos, images, or pictures that might help add to the
commentaries contained herein. It is
the goal of this website to eventually include all historical ratings of this
market - so any information regarding Pulse, Nielson Radio or Hooper Ratings for