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American Urban Radio Networks and Nielsen Sign Agreement for Network Audio Measurement

3 minute read | January 2021

Agreement Includes RADAR, the Only Nielsen Audio Service with Network Radio Commercial Ratings

New York, NY — Jan. 25, 2020 Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) today announced that American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) has signed a renewal agreement with Nielsen Audio. With this agreement, American Urban Radio Networks continues its participation in RADAR, the only Nielsen audio service that provides commercial ratings and is the best available forecast of a network’s audience delivery. 

American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) is the only African-American controlled RADAR rated radio network company in the U.S. With over 25 million weekly listeners, AURN provides unique, compelling and celebrity programming that harnesses the creative energy, vision and power of African-American culture. 

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Nielsen,” said Andy Anderson, President, Sales, at American Urban Radio Networks. “Utilizing RADAR, the gold standard in network radio measurement gives us a unique advantage in both the urban and general market radio arenas.” 

“American Urban Radio Networks holds a distinctive place with African-American listeners, and we are pleased that they have chosen to continue our relationship,” said Bruce Supovitz, SVP/National Audio Services, Nielsen Audio. “Radio continues to draw a large audience among African Americans, with 91% of adults 18 and over listening each week. American Urban Radio Networks is a leader in the industry and continues to reach this large audience.” 

RADAR radio networks provide Nielsen with commercial clearance records from thousands of affiliated radio stations, which are merged with listening information from a database of almost 400,000 respondents. This added accountability allows RADAR to provide the best available forecast of a network’s future audience delivery and a high standard of reliable metrics for buying network radio.

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About American Urban Radio Networks American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) is the only African American owned RADAR rated radio Network in the United States. Minority certified with over 500 stations nationwide, AURN reaches an estimated 25 million listeners each week. AURN Networks provides the advertising community with two broadcast networks, as well as social media and digital capabilities.   AURN handles advertising sales, marketing and promotions for the morning commute featuring programs hosted by EBRO of New York’s HOT 97 and from Atlanta, Yung Joc with Streetz Morning Takeover. Afternoons and evenings programming features Nessa On Air and Quiet Storm with Lenny Green. AURN is the only African American broadcaster with a bureau in the White House.  Additionally, AURN is the home of the AURN Inspirational Network with 24/7 programming including “The Come Up With Tye Tribbett”, “The Bobby Jones Radio Show”, Stellar Award-winner Liz Black, host of “Inspirations with Liz Black” and Grammy Award-winning Hezekiah Walker, host of “The Hezekiah Walker Show”. The weekend programming highlights include the widely acclaimed “Marvin Sapp Radio Show” and the #1 Urban Gospel Countdown Show in the US, “The Hezekiah Walker Gospel Countdown” and Most Requested Live with Romeo. AURN has offices and bureaus in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.  Visit us online at, Twitter, and Instagram.



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