You hear the endless promos on WEEI about being the top sports radio station in the country. They brag about having higher ratings than WFAN in New York (Which is a ridiculous statement, given the fact that many more people listen to WFAN, but the population of New York is so much greater than Boston so their ratings are lower.)
Anyhow, The Houston Chronicle TV/Radio Notebook has an item comparing the revenue that some of the top stations in the country bring in. WFAN is well ahead of WEEI in that department:
Arbitron ratings are nice, but bucks are the bottom line. By that measurement, to no one’s surprise, the nation’s top sports radio station in 2006, based on revenues, was WFAN in New York City at $50.6 million, according to BIA Financial Network.
WEEI in Boston was No. 2 at $36.5 million, followed by KNBR in San Francisco at $29.7 million and KTCK in Dallas-Fort Worth at $24.7 million. Stations in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia rounded out the top 10.