Billboard Country Airplay Monitor

Search
Airplay Monitor

   Billboard Magazine's report on country radio airplay adds, moves and drops.

Airplay Monitor was created by its parent, Billboard Magazine, in 1993 to provide a view of radio's airplay of songs. This section covers the Country music edition.

Link to:
Billboard Airplay Monitor
(Includes all Formats)
From the first page of the first issue: Country Airplay Monitor is a small magazine which we hope will become essential reading for everyone programming music at country stations in the U.S. In this article we'll guide you through the different charts and features which will appear in Monitor each week. All information in Monitor is supplied by Broadcast Data Systems, a sister company of Billboard Magazine. All data on the charts and features is actual monitored airplay from the panel of 113 country stations; there is no playlist information taken over the telephone from radio stations. BDS electronically monitors airplay in 85 major U.S. markets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For those of you not familiar with BDS, each song is
played into a computer"encoded"-and an audio fingerprint of the song is created. These patterns are sent by wire from the main computer in Kansas City to the remote monitors around the country, where the patterns are stored. At each monitor site a group of stereo tuners listens to 8-12 local stations around the clock, recognizing and logging all songs encoded in the monitor's memory. New patterns are encoded daily, to keep track of all current music in five major radio formats: top 40, country, R&B, album rock, and adult contemporary.
Special Thanks to:
Phyllis Stark,
Managing Editor of Country Airplay Monitor during much of its history, for many, many heavy boxes of issues that have become the digital archive of this magazine!

 

 
Billboard Country Airplay Monitor
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Jun 25 Mar 4
Apr 15
Aug 19
Aug 26
Sep 23
Oct 21
Jan 27
Mar 7
Mar 29
May 5
Jun 9
Jun 23
Jul 28
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct

Oct 9
5th Anniversary
Nov
Dec
Jan 15
Jan 29
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
2003 2004 2005
Radio Monitor
 


All Format Editions Merged into
"Radio Monitor"
Oct 1
Oct 8
Oct 15
Oct 22
Oct 29
Nov 5
Nov 12
Nov 19
Nov 26
Dec 3
Dec 10
Dec 17
Jan 7
Jan 14
Jan 21
Jan 28
Feb 4
Feb 11
Feb 18
Feb 25
Mar 4
Mar 11
Mar 18
Mar 25
Apr 1
Apr 8
Apr 15
Apr 22
Apr 29
May 6
May 13
May 20
May 27
Jun 3
Jun 10
Jun 17
Country Airplay Monitor