Public Radio Music Stations Serve Audiences, Artists & Communities Across America

Discover the impact of the 734 local public radio music stations that serve communities across America, reaching a collective 20.5 million listeners weekly. On air, online, on video, on stage, and on-the-go, these local stations provide a platform for innovative music programming. They celebrate jazz, blues, classical, Americana, alternative, folk, bluegrass and other regional and eclectic genres heard only on public radio. From knowledgeable local hosts and expert curation to educational programs and community initiatives, the noncomMUSIC Alliance’s report explores the essential and singular role local public radio music stations play in boosting artists and music discovery, and educating and enriching communities.


The best way to understand and appreciate the tangible community impact, the inventive and creative programming, the knowledgeable hosts, and the intensely local flavor of public radio music stations is to dive in personally. Check out this sample of recent stories or explore others at

  • WRTI
    Singing Creates Community and Harmony in Philadelphia
    WRTI and John Conahan prepare for their second annual...
  • A Meaningful, Vital Tribute on the first Public Radio Music Day
    While stations had to rework plans in the face...
  • Music to Our Ears: Music Industry Reflections on Public Radio Music
    Artists, label execs, and radio promoters shared their heartwarming...