Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wired's Piece on Why Radio Sucks

Thanks to Future of Music Coalition for blogging about a piece in Wired about Why Radio Sucks. The usual culprits are mentioned (big business, shorter playlists) and the article also points out that radio listenership is down among young people:

"Listenership among 18- to 24-year-olds is down 20 percent over the past decade. Stations have responded not with bold programming but by cutting costs. They've also expended considerable resources to squelch competition from low-powered FM stations and Internet radio. Not that it has helped — 85 percent of teenagers now discover new music through sources beyond the FM dial."

I agree that most radio sucks, but like FMC, I still maintain hope that radio still has some sources of excitement, energy and creativity, whether from college stations or non-commercial community stations.

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