We've always known that public radio is a force to be reckoned with over the airwaves. Now it's becoming clear to everyone that we are a major player in online streaming as well.
Every month, Triton Digital releases its Top 20 Ranker, which is an MRC-accredited list of the top-performing Internet audio stations and networks in the US as measured by its webcast metrics service. We're happy to announce that NPR member stations appear as #19 for June, with over 7,000 average active sessions across 88 stations being tracked. (View the entire list.) This is a big deal, because the Triton Top 20 Ranker is like the New York Times Best Seller List of Internet audio.
Later this month Arbitron and Edison Research will release their annual Infinite Dial study, in which they find that the weekly usage of Internet radio (which includes online streams of terrestrial broadcasts) among Americans 12 and over increased by more than 30% from 2011 to 2012. It's the biggest increase since they started tracking that statistic in 1998, which begs the question: Do you know how many people listen to your station's stream(s)?
Last week NPR Digital Services officially added Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics service to our suite of analytics offerings. A webinar was held to introduce the service to NPR member stations and to answer questions. Needless to say, a good time was had by all!
As promised, here's the full video of the presentation and discussion: