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(May 31, 2001) -- Radio ad revenue fell 9% overall in April, with national sales decreasing 22% and local dollars down 5%, compared with April 2000, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau.

For the first five months of the year, total revenues were down 7%, compared with the same period in 2000, and national and local dropped 20% and 3%, respectively.

In a report released today, Lehman Brothers analyst William Meyers revised his full-year 2001 radio outlook to 1% to 2% growth, down from the 2% to 2.5% growth he had previously forecast. He maintained growth predictions of 7% to 8% for 2002.

Radio's downslide -- and anticipated second-half recovery -- is not only the result of current economic conditions but also tough comparisons created by extreme growth in the first two quarters of last year. -- Cara Beardi

Copyright May 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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