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How do radio stations get paid?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17707points) November 28th, 2015

Just wondering.

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zenvelo's avatar

For Commercial stations,they sell advertising.

Unless they are a public radio station in the US, then they solicit donations. Or they get subsidized by the government, like the CBC.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Don’t kid yourself. Public radio is commercial as well. They just call it something different because they are not-for-profit. Why do you think you hear the announcements like “All Things Considered is made possible by a gift of the XYZ corporation, and then 20 seconds of information about what XYZ Corp. sells.

Here2_4's avatar

Sometimes by paper check, sometimes auto bank transfer, from their sale of airtime for advertising.

filmfann's avatar

Occasionally, they are paid in trade. I remember my friend worked at KJAZ in Alameda, and instead of money, he was given the value of a few meals at a local steakhouse that advertised on the station. He wasn’t happy, since you can’t pay bills that way.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Any business that wanted to pay me in steak rather than currency wouldn’t get their ads aired by me.

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