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The Federal Communications Commission has just released the latest data regarding licensed broadcast radio stations. Despite an overall positive trend for radio, the figures reveal a decline in both AM and commercial FM stations. The challenges persist for AM radio in retaining its audience and presence on dashboards. The data shows a decrease of 11 licensed AM stations, dropping from 4,463 in Q2 to 4,452 by the end of Q3. Similarly, commercial FM stations saw a slight dip, decreasing from 6,675 in Q2 to 6,670 in Q3. Conversely, FM Educational stations experienced a modest uptick, gaining 27 additional stations, reaching a total of 4,263 from 4,236. This increase contributed to an overall rise in licensed radio stations, which grew from 15,374 in Q2 to 15,385 in Q3.