I was able to take a look at the public report of kids media usage and preferences, which was discussed in the Radio & Records article from a few days ago. The company that did the research was MediaMark and you can see a copy of the public press release by clicking here.
Turns out I wasn't off base on the perceptions I have of COLLEGE STUDENTS use of radio for music. The media mark research was done on kids age 6-11. And, as you can see, most of them do access music via the car radio. Now, this could be a function of that being the only media source they have access to. . .although almost two-thirds say they have gone online in the last 30 days and I can't imagine they don't have CD players, etc.
So, if you take these results with my ongoing observation of students in my classes...one conclusion is that radio is doing an awful job of making itself a source of importance in the lives of kids as they grow up. They start out listening from ages 6-11...but then they go.