air·​time | \ -ˌtīm How to pronounce airtime (audio) \

Definition of airtime

1 : the time or any part of the time when a radio or television station is on the air
2 : the time at which a radio or television broadcast is scheduled to begin

Examples of airtime in a Sentence

The committee plans to buy radio airtime for the campaign ads.

Recent Examples on the Web

Climate change, in short, deserves far more than 15 minutes of airtime. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why We’re Challenging the 2020 Democrats to a Climate Summit," 11 July 2019 Carlson opened his show by using more than two minutes of airtime to quote Warren’s analysis of how giant American companies are abandoning American workers. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious," 17 June 2019 This is a true-crime story, told mostly in flashbacks, one in which Cunanan gets considerably more airtime than Versace. Ellen Gray,, "'Assassination of Gianni Versace' star Edgar Ramirez sought man, and meaning, behind the label," 12 Jan. 2018 With 10 presidential candidates and just two hours of airtime, not every subject made the cut. Renae Reints, Fortune, "What the 2020 Democratic Candidates Didn’t Say During the First Debate," 27 June 2019 Joe Raedle/Getty Images Climate change barely received seven minutes of airtime during the first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate got more time in the Democrats’ first 2020 debate than in all 2016 debates combined," 27 June 2019 But the Democrats and moderators couldn't stop talking about him during Wednesday's face-off, giving him as much or more airtime than Trump, who is their actual opponent in 2020. Laurie Kellman,, "What to watch for on debate night 2: Biden, Bernie and other stars take the stage," 27 June 2019 Contrasts with fellow Democrats to garner airtime, headlines and supporters can succeed, but can also be a double-edged sword. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Sunday Trail Markers: What to know about this week's Democratic debates," 23 June 2019 As such, the White House’s request for airtime is more problematic than other kinds of presidential addresses, such as a response to a national defense emergency, an economic crisis or the annual State of the Union speech. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Trump to make prime-time address, visit US-Mexico border amid shutdown stalemate," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of airtime

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of airtime

: time during a radio or television broadcast : time when something is on the air

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