How does BDS decide which airplay formats a station is included in?

How does BDS decide which airplay formats a station is included in?

Definitions of BDS Airplay Formats
  1. AA - Triple A - Billboard chart format - Adult leaning rock stations that generally have a softer musical lean and a broader musical posture than Mainstream Rock stations. More often characterized by non-modern-image music from heritage rock artists than Alternative or Adult Top 40 stations.
  1. AAAM - Americana - Not a Billboard chart format - Sub-format of AA. These stations play a significant amount of Americana music which is defined as contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues.
  1. AC - AC Full Panel - Not a Billboard chart format - ACMA + ACTF.
  1. ACAH - Adult Hits - Not a Billboard chart format - Adult contemporary stations defined by a "We Play Anything" programming mentality. Exemplified by the "name" stations ("Jack", "Bob", "Doug", etc.). Musically these stations concentrate on 80's pop hits but will play Classic Rock, Alternative, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, and Mainstream Top 40 hits. They also mix Current, Recurrent, and Gold titles significantly.
  1. ACMA - Adult Contemporary - Billboard chart format - Stations that play a variety of current music acceptable to an adult audience but generally softer than Adult Top 40 with less emphasis on rock. ACMA stations play songs indigenous to the ACMA chart as well as those that begin at other formats. ACMA stations also play a significant amount of Gold titles. In general at least 25% of a station's 40 most-played titles will be Current or new titles.
  1. ACTF - Adult Top 40 - Billboard chart format - Stations that play a wide variety of current music acceptable to an adult audience excluding most rap and hard rock. Adult Top 40 stations will generally be more musically aggressive than ACMA stations and may differ from Mainstream Top 40 stations in the breadth of their libraries and emphasis on Gold titles. In general, close to half of their 40 most-played titles will be Current or new titles.
  1. ALRK - All Rock - Billboard chart format - AA + MR + AO.
  1. AO - Mainstream Rock - Billboard chart format - Rock stations historically identified as either Heritage Rock or Active Rock but now combined under the Mainstream Rock umbrella. Active Rock stations are more aggressive in rotation and musical style than Heritage Rock stations and are able to choose music from heritage, modern-rock or format-neutral artists. Around half of a station's 30 most-played titles will be Current or new for them to be considered Active Rock. Heritage Rock stations are generally more conservative and adult-leaning. These stations tend to be less Current and rotate their Currents less than Active Rock stations. Most of these stations play recent music by heritage artists. A Heritage Rock station plays a handful of Currents with at least four or five spins each per week.
  1. CA - Canada Rock - Billboard chart format - CAMR + CAAR.
  1. CAAF - Canada All Format - Billboard chart format - CA + CD + CT + CC.
  1. CAAR - Canada Mainstream Rock - Billboard chart format - Canadian stations playing a significant amount of Current Mainstream Rock music.
  1. CAMR - Canada Modern Rock - Billboard chart format - Canadian stations playing a significant amount of Current Modern Rock music.
  1. CC - Canada Country - Billboard chart format - Canadian stations playing mostly Current Country music.
  1. CD - Canada AC Full Panel - Not a Billboard chart format - CHTT + CMAC.
  1. CG - College Radio - Not a Billboard chart format - Non-commercial stations affiliated with a college or university playing a variety of musical styles and genres.
  1. CHTT - Canada Hot AC - Billboard chart format - Canadian stations playing Adult Contemporary and Mainstream Top 40 music as well as some rock titles. These stations tend to be more Current-based than the CMAC stations.
  1. CMAC - Canada AC (Mainstream) - Billboard chart format - Canadian stations playing Current Adult Contemporary hits mixed with a significant amount of Gold titles.
  1. CR - Classic Rock - Not a Billboard chart format - Stations playing primarily rock hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
  1. CT - Canada CHR/Top 40 - Billboard chart format - Canadian Current-based stations playing Mainstream Top 40 hits in high rotations.
  1. CW - Country - Billboard chart format - More than half of these stations' top 30 most-played titles will be Current Country music. 
Monitored Country stations must be in markets 1-125 to qualify for the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
In markets below #125 they can be considered as Mondicators for the Country Indicator chart.
In Markets 1-125, the highest-rated Current-based Country station is eligible to be a chart reporter.
If a second (or third) station is considered they must have at least 50% of the market leader's AQH share.
(6+ M-Su 6am-Mid in PPM markets and 12+ M-Su 6am-Mid in Diary Markets)
  1. GA - Christian Full Panel - Billboard chart format - Consists of all music-focused, Current-based Christian stations.
  1. GAAC - Christian AC - Billboard chart format - Current-based stations playing Christian Adult Contemporary or Contemporary Christian Music.
  1. GACH - Christian Hot AC/CHR - The Christian Hot AC/CHR Indicator chart is the Billboard chart of record for this format; GACH represents only the monitored stations - These Current-based stations play a mix of Christian AC titles along with more pop and dance Christian music. They will also play Christian rock and Christian rap music.
  1. GP - Gospel - Billboard chart format - Stations playing predominately Current or new African American Gospel titles.
  1. HOH - Hot 100 - Airplay component of the Billboard Hot 100 chart which combines airplay, sales and streaming - All of the stations reporting to Billboard's Hot 100 chart. AC + AA + CW + GA + GP + SJ + RB + TF + MR + AO + SP.
  1. JZ - Jazz - Not a Billboard chart format - Stations predominately playing traditional jazz or new jazz.
  1. MR - Alternative - Billboard chart format - Rock stations playing primarily music from artists with a modern-rock or format-neutral image. Generally, these stations will not play Currents by classic/heritage rock-imaged artists. At least half of a station's 30 most-played titles are usually Current or new titles.
  1. NT - News/Talk - Not a Billboard chart format - Non-music stations programming news, talk and/or sports talk.
  1. NTWK - Network/Satellite Stations - Not a Billboard chart format - Networks and Channels that serve a "network-wide" audience such as Sirius XM, MC Music Choice and WestwoodOne.
  1. OL - Classic Hits - Not a Billboard chart format - Stations playing pop hits primarily from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
  1. RB - R&B Full Panel - Billboard chart format - RBAD + RBMA.
  1. RBAD - Adult R&B - Billboard chart format - Stations that play R&B music acceptable to an adult audience. These stations don't play a significant amount of rap but may play certain adult-friendly hip-hop titles when they become major hits. Roughly a quarter of these stations' 40 most-played titles will be Current or new titles.
  1. RBC - Rap - Billboard chart format - RBMA + TFRH. Billboard then removes non-rap titles to create the chart.
  1. RBMA - Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop - Billboard chart format - Stations that play a variety of both R&B and hip-hop music and may occasionally, but not consistently, play songs from other genres. RBMA stations differ from Adult R&B stations by being more Current-based. More than half of their 40 most-played titles will be Current or new titles and the top 10 songs will be played 30-35 times per week.
  1. SJ - Smooth Jazz - The Smooth Jazz Indicator chart is the Billboard chart of record for this format - SJ only represents the monitored stations - Current-based stations playing instrumental and vocal Smooth Jazz as well as some softer Adult Contemporary hits.
  1. SP - Latin - Billboard chart format - Consists of all Current-based Spanish language stations.
  1. SPCP - Latin Pop - Billboard chart format - All stations reporting to SP also report to SPCP. Billboard then removed the non-Latin pop titles to create the chart. Current-based stations playing a significant amount of music from pop leaning Spanish-language artists. These stations will also play some English-language pop hits.
  1. SPRH - Latin Rhythm - Billboard chart format - All stations reporting to SP also report to SPRH. Billboard then removes the non-latin rhythm titles to create the chart.
  1. SPRM - Regional Mexican - Billboard chart format - These stations play a variety of musical genres, most of which originate from or are influenced by traditional Mexican music. These stations tend to play Current or new titles.
  1. SPTS - Tropical - Billboard chart format - All stations reporting to SP also report to SPTS. Billboard then removes the non-tropical titles to create the chart. Tropical music incorporates a variety of musical styles, mostly originating or with an influence from the Caribbean or South America.
  1. ET - Ethnic - Not a Billboard chart format - Stations playing music and broadcasting in a language other than English or Spanish.
  1. TF - Top Forty Full Panel - Not a Billboard chart format - TFMA + TFRH + TFDC.
  1. TFDC - Dance - The Dance/Mix Show chart is the Billboard chart of record for this format. Current-based stations with high rotations whose playlists include predominately dance, electronic and house music with some compatible rhythmic titles but no rock.
  1. TFMA - Mainstream Top 40 - Billboard chart format - Current-based stations with high rotations whose playlists include songs from a wide variety of musical genres. Mainstream Top 40 stations will play all major hits regardless of genre as consistently evidenced by their 40 most-played songs each week. More than half of their 40 most-played titles will usually be Current or new titles and their top 10 songs are often rotated at least 30-35 times per week.
  1. TFRH - Rhythmic - Billboard chart format - Current-based stations with high rotations that play a mixture of hip-hop and rhythmic music but exclude rock. Rhythmic stations consistently play songs from rhythmic genres that do not receive widespread acceptance on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop stations. Rhythmic stations may play a small amount of pure pop or traditional R&B songs but not consistently or aggressively. More than half of their top 40 most-played titles are Current or new titles and the top 10 songs are often rotated at least 30-35 times per week.
  1. USRD - All US Radio - Not a Billboard chart format - All monitored US terrestrial radio stations
"Non-Billboard" formats are made up of stations that don't currently qualify for Billboard charts.
All "Indicator" formats correspond to the Indicator charts which are made up of monitored stations and non-monitored stations who manually report their playlists each week.
Please note that for a station to qualify for a Billboard airplay chart, Billboard usually looks for a certain percentage of Current titles and that the station meets a certain ratings threshold.
Click here for more information about the genre-based Billboard airplay charts (Rap, Latin Pop, Latin Rhythm and Tropical)