By Gautham Nagesh - 02/11/11 07:35 PM EST
The number of educational FM radio stations jumped 5 percent in 2010, according to final figures released Friday by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC's latest figures put the total number of licensed broadcast stations at 30,630, a slight increase from 30,503 a year ago. The number of VHF and UHF television stations remained flat, at 1,781, while the number of AM and FM radio stations was up to 14,619 on the strength of 160 new educational FM stations.
The FCC releases data on the total number of licensed broadcast stations four times a year. The number of low-power UHF, VHF and FM stations also dropped by more than 5 percent over the last year.