Local public radio station expenses
Total program and production expenses for the 123 largest news-oriented public radio licensees (in U.S. dollars)
YearTotal program and production expenses
2008$338,809,734
2009$351,691,120
2010$362,090,814
2011$376,263,094
2012$391,881,242
2013$393,030,444
2014$412,026,674
2015$430,979,153
2016$456,696,435
2017$464,649,700
2018$487,946,669
2019$500,017,410

Note: All figures are fiscal year, inflation-adjusted calculations. Data for these licensees was aggregated and provided by Mark Fuerst, director, Public Media Futures, using the Annual Financial Reports submitted by each licensee to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). These results reflect the performance of the largest public radio news-station licensees initially selected in 2015 and thereafter tracked by Public Media Futures to estimate total system performance. One licensee was dropped from the analysis due to a format change, bringing the total to 123 (118 licensees plus five owners of 11 licensees). Previous years’ data was updated to reflect this new cohort.

Source: Public Media Futures, a project funded by the Wyncote Foundation.

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