There was an 8% upswing in local advertising sales figures over February 2002, and a 5% increase in national, marking the 12th consecutive month of revenue gains in radio.
"February's revenue results show the on-going strength and stability of radio's localism, even in a stressful economic climate," said Gary Fries, president-CEO of the RAB.
For the year-to-date, radio rose 7% in combined local and national ad sales for the first two months of 2003. Local figures grew by 6% and national dollars shot up by 11%.
Local and national revenues are based on a pool of more than 150 markets.