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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.
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