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"As you know, in the past several years, month after month, radio has increased its revenues - some of it even coming from Dot-Com advertisers. So, radio is a survivor."

~Casey Kasem


"The reason it has lasted for 30 years is for one reason and one reason only: Classic Rock radio."

~ George Thorogood


"I grew up wanting to be a musician, but my parents were sure I would starve to death. So, they put me in physics and chemistry. That eventually blew up, and I got into radio."

~ John Tesh


"So at 16 I got a job at the local radio station. And I was working after school and weekends. I did the news; I did everything. I did - played records."

~ Dick Van Dyke






Oldest Medium Is Stronger Than Ever


For years, there has been talk about the "death of radio," a prediction supported (supposedly) by the changes in technology, like iPods, Internet radio, podcasting, and the like. But history shows us that this is not the first time -- by any means -- that the demise of radio has been predicted. Those predictions were (obviously) wrong in the past, and it is likely that radio will weather these changes as well.

In the 1940s, when television was first introduced, it was supposed to replace radio. When FM radio was introduced, it was believed to signal the end of AM. In the 1980s, many thought MTV would do away with radio.


The first video ever -
Played on MTV, a catchy little tune called Video Killed the Radio Star (by The Buggles) espoused a commonly held opinion.

As you've probably guessed, none of the above predictions came true. And there's little chance of radio going away now, even with the advent of so many technological advances. The simple fact is that radio offers unique experiences that just can't be duplicated by any other medium:

You can do other things while you listen to it.

Seems obvious, doesn't it? But think about it: while you listen to radio, you can work, read, drive, mow the lawn, the list is endless. Unlike TV and other visual mediums which draw your full attention, radio can coexist with a number of activities.

Sure that's true of other "sound only" media, like CD players and iPods, but that brings up the 2nd quality:

It's easy. And portable.


No carrying around of CD players, no programming of iPods -- just push the button and you're off and running. Very few people are in favor of technology that makes them work hard.

There's no better place to discover new music.

Let's face it, despite all the hype, the Internet has never broken a new band in a substantial way. This is in spite of 10 years of publicity about the "revolution" in music, and hundreds of thousands of bands posting millions of tracks to make it happen. Will it occur eventually? Almost certainly. But radio still has the corner on introducing new material in a big way.


Radio is personal, and immediate.

There's a reason why there's recently been a surge in talk radio, including news, traffic and weather, politics, call-in psychologists, computer tips, you name it. The reason is that radio -- and the power of the human voice -- builds a sense of community that is greatly valued in this day and age.

Now no one's denying that radio will change. A lot. XM radio is just the beginning. We're quite possibly headed into an age where everybody can access their own customized radio station, complete with intelligent playlists, personalized DJ choices, local news, weather, and traffic, and more.


Much of the talent at the existing radio stations will probably wind up fitting into the new system. In fact, considering the explosion of delivery channels, it's likely that there will be an even greater need for people knowledgable in all aspects of the field.

The best way to enter this burgeoning industry? Get into the existing structure, and ride the wave into the future. You can't predict where you'll end up, but it's sure to be a whole lot of fun getting there!



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