An hour has 60 minutes (most of the time). If you are thinking there are way too many commercial on News/Talk stations, here are the facts.
The “news break” at the top of the hour frequently is loaded with mostly commercials, not news. Since each station is different, I’ll just list the total.
Also, once you know what the “show clock” is, you’ll find many stations try to “cheat” on commercials, doing things like rejoining late, playing a local commercial over top of the network ad they are supposed to run, failing to return to the show for the final segment, etc… or using digital processing to “speed up” a taped show to stuff in a few extra local commercials.
And people in the radio business don’t understand why advertisers don’t trust them… and why radio is going broke…
|Show||Local Ads/News||Network Ads|
|Bennett Morning in America||18:00||5:00|
|Andrew Wilkow (XM)||3:00||9:00|
|Bob & Tom||18:00||1:00|
So the range is from 20:00 to 25:20
of which News might be 3-5 minutes per hour – if the local station follows the rules.