Last week the FCC released a quarterly report on the number of currently licensed broadcast stations. Radio Survivor puts the numbers in long-term perspective to show that this year's growth in U.S. radio stations is part of a 20 year trend. While AM stations slipped, FM grew especially in the educational radio sector that includes college, community and public radio. Though individual stations face plenty of challenges, terrestrial radio overall is not the wasteland one might imagine.
As Radio Survivor's Jennifer Waits explains, this total represents 162 more stations than last year at this time:
FM educational radio stations (college radio, high school radio, public radio, community radio, and religious broadcasters) increased the most, with 159 more stations at the end of December, 2013 than at the end of December, 2012. In that same one-year period, the number of commercial FM radio stations increased by 14."