What is a radio format?
A radio format, or programming format, or programming genre refers to the overall
content broadcasting over a radio station. Some stations broadcast multiple genres on set
schedule. Over the years, formats have evolved and new ones have been introduced.
In today's age of radio, many radio formats are designed to reach a specifically defined
segment or niche of the listening population based on such demographic criteria as age,
ethnicity, background, etc.
Format types and definitions
Many formats are defined below with descriptions on each.
Within each type are sub-type and niche formats that usually target their format to an even more defined
target audience. The following formats are also geared toward the United States, Canada and Latin
America. Please note that it is possible that formats can fall into different categories than the way
this is organized.