How Much Does Radio Advertising Cost?

Answering the complicated question of “how much do radio ads cost?”

If you are searching the internet looking for an answer to the question of “how much is a radio ad,” you are unlikely to find a concrete answer.

This is because the only real answer is: it depends.

Radio advertising costs

One of the most common questions we get from people is “how much does radio advertising cost?”

It of course makes sense that people who are considering advertising through radio would be wondering about the cost, however, this is actually quite a difficult question to answer.

Radio ad costs can vary widely based on a number of different factors.


Radio ad rates vary depending on the service you are buying them on. Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and national radio networks all have different rates.


The cost of a radio ad will depend greatly on location. Typically, a radio ad in a big city like New York City or Los Angeles will be more expensive than a similar ad in a small town in the Midwest.


Like location, radio advertising costs are typically more when you buy ad space with a big radio station versus a smaller one. A major station with a large audience can charge more as your ad will be listened to by more people than if it were to appear on a small station with a smaller audience.

Type of Ad

Radio ads come in many different forms. There are the more traditional 15, 30, or 60 second spots. Then there are ads that air during shows, usually at the beginning, middle, and end. Sometimes hosts will even read ads to their audiences. If the host is a well known personality or ads a personal touch to the ad, that can make it even more effective.

Ad Placement

The cost of an ad on the radio will vary depending on where it is placed. A radio commercial that airs at 4 am, when not many people are listening, is probably much cheaper than one that airs during rush hour, when a lot of people have the radio on as they drive to or from work.

Target Audience

Radio advertising costs can also vary depending on the audience you are targeting. Listeners of NPR are typically wealthier and more educated. Sports talk shows are listened to by working aged men. Podcasts have been shown to be popular with millennials. Hit music stations are popular with a more general audience, with higher numbers of teens than other marketing channels. The cost of ads on all of these different types of stations vary and one of the reasons given is access to specific target audiences.

How often the Ad will run

The frequency with which you are going to run your ad is a major factor in price. If you are planning on having an ad run twice an hour, in general that will cost more than an ad that runs twice a day on the same channel. This could of course vary; SuperBowl ads are notoriously expensive.

Work With Hybrid Media

Now that you know a little bit more about the cost of radio advertising and why it varies, you may be ready to start planning your own national radio advertising campaign. For professional help getting your radio advertisement heard by your target audience, work with the team at Hybrid Media.

As a result of the substantial amount of audio advertising we purchase, Hybrid’s clients benefit from some of the lowest rates in the industry. Whether you’re targeting B2B or B2C, locally or nationally, direct response or branding, we can efficiently promote your product or service. Direct Response advertising focuses on delivering ROI by quickly capturing the attention of listeners and leading them to a call to action.

At Hybrid Media, we purchase millions of dollars of low-cost media each week, resulting in significant savings for our clients. How much can you save?

At Hybrid Media, we purchase millions of dollars of low-cost media each week, resulting in significant savings for all of our clients.

Contact us today to find out how much you can save by working with the radio advertising experts at Hybrid Media to create and run your national radio campaign.