A radio format or programming format (not to be confused with broadcast programming) describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. Radio formats are frequently employed as a marketing tool, and are subject to frequent change. Music radio, old time radio, all-news radio, sports radio, talk radio and weather radio describe the operation of different genres of radio format and each format can often be sub-divided into many specialty formats.
List of formats 
Formats constantly evolve and each format can often be sub-divided into many specialty formats. Some of the following formats are available only regionally or through specialized venues such as satellite radio or Internet radio.
Music oriented formats
- Active rock
- Adult album alternative (or just adult alternative) (AAA or Triple-A)
- Adult contemporary music (AC)
- Adult standards / nostalgia (pre-rock)
- Adult hits / variety hits; brands: Jack FM, Bob FM
- Album rock / album-oriented rock (AOR)
- Alternative rock
- Beautiful music
- Big band
- Caribbean (reggae, soca, merengue, cumbia, salsa, etc.)
- Christian music
- Christmas music (usually seasonal, mainly December)
- Classic hits
- Classic rock
- Contemporary hit radio (CHR), occasionally still informally known as top-40 / hot hits)
- Contemporary classical music
- Country music:
- Dance (dance top-40)
- Easy Listening
- Folk music
- Freeform radio (DJ-selected)
- Hot adult contemporary (Hot AC)
- Hispanic rhythmic
- Indian music
- Lite adult contemporary (Lite AC)
- Mainstream rock
- Middle of the road (MOR)
- Modern adult contemporary (Modern AC)
- Modern rock
- Oldies - Primarily 1955-early '80s pop music
- Progressive rock
- Psychedelic rock
- Quiet Storm (most often a "day-part" format at Urban Stations, i.e. 7p-12 midnight,)
- Regional Mexican (Banda, corridos, ranchera, conjunto, mariachi, norteño, etc.)
- Rhythmic adult contemporary
- Rhythmic contemporary (Rhythmic Top 40)
- Rhythmic oldies
- Rock en español
- Romántica (Spanish AC)
- Smooth jazz
- Soft adult contemporary (soft AC)
- Soft rock
- Soul music
- Space music
- Spanish sub-formats:
- Traditional pop music
- Tropical (salsa, merengue, cumbia, etc.)
- World music
See also 
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WMGM 104MGM Atlantic City - Format Change AOR to CHR/CR - Kathy Knolls/Marc Daniels - 10-5-1987
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The Sevens - Radio Format
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Format Change: 'Mix 102.7' WNEW to 'Fresh 102.7' WWFS [NYC] (01-02-2007)
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KDUO-FM 97.5 Format Change from Easy Listening to Oldies KHTX-FM (1992)
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All Access Music Group
Wed, 08 May 2013 07:22:23 -0700
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U-T San Diego
Thu, 23 May 2013 04:11:44 -0700
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Cleveland Scene Weekly
Cleveland Scene Weekly
Thu, 23 May 2013 08:48:07 -0700
The sound doesn't deviate from the current radio format that program directors embrace. The duo received plenty of praise over the last year since the release of their EP. Elevated, but the tone of that project was much flashier. That got the duo some ...
Wed, 22 May 2013 18:52:46 -0700
You can listen to any of millions of tracks right away, or switch to a "radio" format that creates a playlist of songs that you might like. Radio playlists can be adjusted on the fly by deleting or re-ordering upcoming songs. You can cache songs on the ...
Knoxville Metro Pulse
Wed, 08 May 2013 08:10:02 -0700
WKVL started broadcasting the talk radio format this week. The line-up is pretty much the same except morning drive time hosts Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas declined to make the move. They have been replaced by Mike Howard and David Thompson.
Tue, 21 May 2013 05:34:34 -0700
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Thu, 16 May 2013 22:02:39 -0700
WXOS (101.1 FM) is the last station standing in the once-crowded St. Louis sports-talk radio format. "I feel good about what we do,,' says its general manager, John Kijowski, "and I still think we have a ways to go.'' Enlarge Photo. It took a lot ...
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:56:41 -0700
Programmers and brand managers should consider these unique differences when formulating their digital strategies.” The new data for Arbitron clients looks at radio format P1s from nine AM/FM Radio formats: adult contemporary, CHR, classic rock/classic ...
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