Radio Station Count: 14,728

Broadcast stations total more than 30,000
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Broadcast stations total more than 30,000

U.S. broadcast stations total more than 30,000.

That’s according to the FCC, which counted 30,643 stations as of March 31. The commission released the figures this week.

Full-power radio stations comprise 14,728 licenses, up from 14,619 in Q4 of 2010. There are a few more FMs: 6,533 commercial FMs (up from 6,526 three months earlier) and 3,417 non-commercial FMs (up from 3,311). That’s an increase of more than 100 NCE stations since the prior quarter.

The AM station count is down; 4,778 AMs in Q1 of this year compared to 4,782 AMs in the prior quarter.

Low-power FMs, not included in the 14,728 number above, remained constant, with 859.

A total of 6,141 FM translators and boosters are licensed, 10 more than in Q4 of last year.

— Leslie Stimson