The Relevance of Radio

By Graham Lovatt
Posted 11 October 2016, 8.23am edt

After reading so much recently about how streaming will be the way we listen to music in the future (and, don't get me wrong. I've absolutely nothing against streaming!) it was refreshing to read the following comments which appeared in a couple of recent music magazines. I wanted to share them with other users.

The first is from Markus Schulz interviewed by Helene Stokes in the latest issue of DJ Magazine:

'When [Schulz] was young he used to listen to the radio a lot, lying on his bed, thinking that one day he would do it. "For me, radio has always been a passion [...] and it's a way of inspiring the next generation, those people who are lying there and and dreaming of a future as well."'

and from Jo Frost's editorial Going gaga over radio in the November issue of Songlines:

'Let's hear it for radio. It's the oldest form of broadcasting and still a hugely popular medium [...] I confess I'm a bit of a radio addict. I get my early morning news fix with Radio 4's Today programme, walk home listening to the wonderfully eclectic FIP and wind down to Late Junction.'

I shall now descend from my soapbox..!


3 years, 7 months ago

I'm a streamer, but I still listen to radio stations online. Spotify hasn't really appealed to me in the same way radio has.

Linear radio listening still accounts for around 20% of my hours and it's free, unlike streaming Spotify.

3 years, 6 months ago

I quite agree, radio is part of most peoples day and not everyone (especially the elderly) has access to streaming .

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